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Environmental Justice Salons


It is not always obvious how equity and justice relate to environmental issues. Yet we know there is considerable experience on this subject across the University of Washington. By providing a venue to share insights with a broad audience, we hope to start a much-needed cross-disciplinary conversation on the question of “What does it mean to center equity and justice in environmental work?”

What does it mean to center equity and justice in environmental work?

The EarthLab Salon is a 3-part quarterly public lecture and workshop series designed to highlight expertise and leadership on this subject in the UW-wide community, especially among students, and build a foundation of shared understanding, values and language among participants. In doing so, we hope to foster opportunities for a new cross-cutting community to connect and collaborate on shared interests. We plan to take lessons learned into our work at EarthLab.

EarthLab’s mission is to work in partnership with others to accelerate and focus UW expertise to address large-scale environmental challenges, making a positive impact on people’s lives and livelihoods. Underpinning this mission is a commitment to put equity and justice at the core of our work. We recognize that addressing complex environmental challenges requires an understanding of how inequities and injustices are both causes and consequences of such issues. Furthermore, we must redress inequities and injustices in how we bring people and knowledge together in our work and workplaces to make decisions and co-create solutions.

Equity and Justice-Centered Action for Climate Empowerment

May 14, 2020 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Presented by Deb Morrison, Learning Scientist for UW Institute of Science and Math Education and Frank Niepold, Climate Education Coordinator for NOAA.

How can we accelerate equitable and just climate action? In this talk we explore this question, considering what kind of system changes are needed to ensure that everyone knows how to rapidly contribute from their sphere of influence to improve our shared future with respect to climate change and intersections issues. We will share about the nature of climate science as a field, the ways in which learning can be organized, and new transformative opportunities in practice that are emerging in the field of climate justice.


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