Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

The Roots, Experiences, and Future of Climate Justice: Exploring Connections with Environmental Justice

Date and Time
Friday, September 30, 2022 - 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Duke Ahmadieh Family Auditorium (Gross Hall) + Livestream


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This is one of several events planned on September 29-30 in coordination with the announcement of the Duke Climate Commitment, which unites the university’s education, research, operations, and public service missions to engage our entire community in the relentless pursuit of climate change solutions. Don’t miss the announcement event on Thursday, September 29 at 4 p.m.! Learn more:

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? Some have pointed out that much of it has been drawn from the Environmental Justice Movement, without properly honoring those origins and principles. Where do those of us committed to promoting justice in a world of climate change go from here? This panel hopes to evaluate the complex and nuanced answers to these questions in order to create an equitable and actionable vision of climate justice.

This event is designed as an evaluative discussion of climate justice as a concept and the climate justice movement. It will be both an elevation and a critique of the movement in an attempt to facilitate a larger conversation about what climate justice means and how climate justice can be implemented with intentionality.

Event partners include the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, Earth Refuge, the Rural Beacon Initiative, and the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability.

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  • Gabriela Nagle Alverio​ (Moderator)
  • William Barber III, Director of Climate and Environmental Justice at The Climate Reality Project and founder and director of the Rural Beacon Initiative
  • Jennifer Hadden, Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland,
  • Yumna Kamel, Executive Director and co-founder of Earth Refuge