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Events Archive - Environmental Inequality
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Climate Justice & Indigenous Knowledge
How can we combine traditional views of conservation and climate mitigation, with ancestral ways of knowing and acting in connection with the Earth?
Renewable Energy on American Indian Land
Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the second Nicholas Institute and UPEP Environmental Institutions Seminar Series presentation of the Spring 2023 semester. Our speaker will be Dr. Bryan Leonard, associate professor in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University.
Writing Against the Colonial Anthropocene
In this lecture, Prof. Gómez-Barris (Brown University) explores a few liquid and territorial scenes in relation to what she has called the colonial Anthropocene, What forms of submerged existence need excavation? How can we reframe knowledge production and praxis in relation to the assumed problem of the human's future?
Coloniality, Global Race/Racism and Climate Changes/Ecological Disasters: A Decolonial Take
Please join the Climate Change, Decolonization, and Global Blackness Lab (CCDGB) at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute for our 2022-23 speaker series.
Walter Mignolo is the William Hane Wannamaker Distinguished Professor of Romance Studies, as well as Professor of Literature and Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. Mignolo's research and teaching have been devoted, in the past 30 years, to understanding and unraveling the historical foundation of the modern/colonial world system and imaginary since 1500.
After Sherman: A Screening and Panel Discussion
This vast and evocative film, focused on the Gullah Geechee community of coastal South Carolina, weaves a loosely structured, expressionistic story about family and inheritance, land and land loss, and racism and resilience.
Brian McAdoo | Brown in the New Green: "Natural" Disasters, Marginalization and Planetary Health
In this hybrid event, Brian G. McAdoo (Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University) will explore the nature of natural disasters by providing a framework in which we can understand the intersections of hazard and vulnerability in order to create more sustainable and just solutions.
Plantations Are Not Forests
This talk by Duke alumna Danielle Purifoy (UNC) examines the contemporary timber industry as a reproduction of plantation power via remote control which occurs through absentee landowners, Black family land grabs, new markets for energy, and legal regimes designed to "devalue" common property in favor of individual o
Catherine Coleman Flowers: Infrastructure Justice for All
Catherine Coleman Flowers, an internationally recognized advocate for equal access to water and sanitation for all communities, engages and informs audiences on environmental justice and climate change.
No Empires, No Wastelands: The Necessity of Forging a Real Ecological Solidarity for the 21st Century
Please join the Climate Change, Decolonization, and Global Blackness (CCDGB) Lab at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute for our 2022-23 speaker series. CCDGB is part of The Entanglement Project, a new FHI initiative focused on the intersections of race, health, and climate. All talks are both in-person and streamed via Zoom.
Advancing Climate Justice through Transdisciplinary Research: Developing STRONG Relationships
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the second presentation of the Nicholas Institute and UPEP Environmental Institutions Seminar Series for the 2022-2023 school year. Our speaker will be Duke alumna Kimberly Marion Suiseeya Ph.D. ‘14, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and the Environmental Policy and Culture program at Northwestern University.
CFR Conversations: Faithful Action in a Time of Climate Change (with Avery Davis Lamb of Creation Justice Ministries)
The “Conversations” events hosted by the Duke Divinity School’s Center for Reconciliation are intended to create “a safe space where anyone can learn, discuss, and imagine God's works of reconciliation.” This installment of the series will be led by Avery Davis Lamb (Creation Justice Ministries) and will involving reflections on “what the right relationship with God's creation might look like.”
Clean Water Act 50th Anniversary: Contemplating its Past and Future
The Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum's 2022 Symposium is in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act (CWA). The Act remains integral to preserving water quality for human health and recreation, and for the health and productivity of aquatic ecosystems intimately tied to our communities. Three multi-disciplinary panels of leaders from private, public, and non-profit sectors will discuss the value of clean water, how far the CWA's protections extend, and how the 50-year-old statute addresses emerging issues.
The Roots, Experiences, and Future of Climate Justice: Exploring Connections with Environmental Justice
What is climate justice? Some refer to it as the disparity between the greatest greenhouse gas emitters and those who feel the greatest impacts of climate change, usually countries that contribute the least to the climate crisis. Others define it as the way that climate impacts – severe weather events, sea-level rise, and climatic shifts – will disproportionately impact low-income and communities of color. But what are the roots of the Climate Justice Movement?
Environmental Justice: Past, Present, & Future
Join the conversation at Duke University on Sept. 15 for an important public event commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Warren County protests in North Carolina. The nonviolent protests in 1982 surrounded the state’s disposal of soil laced with PCBs in the predominately Black community. The protests were considered among the earliest for environmental justice in the United States.
Recalling Warren County: Discussing the Birth of a Movement
The 1982 Warren County protests saw people, independent of race, come together to combat systemic injustices and environmental racism. Those who joined the weeks of protest did not know a larger movement would launch from their fight for basic human rights. And yet, these now famous efforts are hailed as the launching of the Environmental Justice Movement.
Join us for a discussion of the protests, the birth of the EJ movement, and the future of the movement from the perspectives of those who participated.
Casting your Ballot for Environmental Justice: Discussing Where Protest Fills Gaps in Electoral Process
This event brings together Social Justice and Civil Rights scholars and advocates to discuss the intersection of voting, civil disobedience, and environmental justice. As we come up on midterm elections in the U.S., this program highlights two things: the history and interconnectedness of voting rights and environmental justice in this country, and the ways in which movements have used other methods, such as protest, when the electoral processes have failed to promote equity and public wellbeing.
Water, Justice and Rights: Conflict and Peacebuilding in a Changing Climate
The seventh seminar in the Gilman Climate Leaders Seminar Series will feature insights from Erika Weinthal (Duke University) on the role water has played in Central Asian/Middle Eastern conflicts, and how that role might grow through climate change.
Political Implications of Climate Change in Latin America
The fifth seminar in the Gilman Climate Leaders Seminar Series will examine how climate change is affecting the political landscape in Central and South America. It will feature an discussion among Christine Folch (Duke University), a cultural anthropologist studying energy politics, natural resources, and environment in the region; Gabriela Nagle Alverio (Duke University), a law student and doctoral student researching climate migration; and Sarah Bermeo (Duke University), a political scientist focused on foreign aid and development.
Life at the Intersections of Energy Insecurity, Gender Dynamics, and Climate Change in Africa
The second seminar in the Gilman Climate Leaders Seminar Series will kick off with reflections by Eric Ndayaho Mvukiyehe (Duke University), a political science professor with deep experience in development and gender issues from his tenure at the World Bank. He will then be joined by Victoria Plutshack (Duke University), who works on energy access and decarbonized, off-grid energy systems in Africa. The two will hold an engaging conversation about tackling climate change and electrification, embedded within this varied, complex context—and explore the role of women-centered solutions in meeting development, political stability and climate goals on the African continent.
Southeast Energy Insecurity Stakeholder Initiative: Final Recommendations Workshop
The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, in partnership with Appalachian Voices and the North Carolina Justice Center, is hosting the final convening of the Southeast Energy Insecurity Stakeholder Initiative.