#BlackinEnvironment Week

Opportunity

Join Black in Environment for a fantastic lineup of events and speakers from April 19–23rd, and be sure to follow @BlackinEnviron on Instagram and Twitter for daily stories and chats.

April 20, 7PM ET.

Black Planet: Black Environmental Legacies, Present & Futures

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This discussion will bring together a community of scholars-activists from academia and non-profit organizations for a rich dialogue on the legacy of Black environmental leadership, scholarship and activism. Black people around the world have founded, shaped and driven environmental movements, and this conversation honors those contributions while looking to present day leaders in the environment. We will hear from our panelists on what brought them into environmental work, challenge colonial notions of what it means to look like and be an environmentalist, and engage in a journey to reconnect to the land and to ourselves.

Panelists include:

Arica Hill, Director, Environmental Awareness Group of Antigua and Barbuda
Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Falasco Endowed Chair in Earth Science and Geology, UC Merced
Dr. David Pellow, UC Santa Barbara
Freweyni Asress, Creator, Zero Waste Habesha
Kerene Tayloe, Director of Federal Legislative Affairs, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Dr. Suzanne Pierre, Founder, Critical Ecology Lab

April 21, 7PM ET

We Are All Environmentalists: Exploring Different Shades of Green

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Environmentalism is a legacy rooted in the global Black community, who have fostered positive change and advocated for healthy inclusive futures. This discussion brings together a community of dynamic environmentalists, ranging from scholars to community organizers, to culminate and celebrate that the descriptor of “environmentalist” is encompassing. Join us as we explore what inspired them, how they got there and what it means to be a Black environmentalist.

Speakers include:

Derick Lugo, Author, The Unlikely Thru-Hiker
Fred Tutman, Riverkeeper and CEO, Patuxtent Riverkeeper
Imari Walker Karega, PhD Candidate, Duke University
Jeremy Orr, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council
Rachel Scarlett, PhD Candidate, Purdue University

April 22, 7PM ET

Food for the Soul: Nourishing our Minds and Bodies

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Food is central to our holistic well-being. Including more plant-based options into your diet is made easier when you have a guide! This cooking demo will feature vegetarian/vegan chef, Asya Harrison (@veggies4asya) for a tasty and easy to make plant based meal. 

April 23, 7PM ET

Black to the Future: Radically Imagining Liberatory Futures

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There is no such thing as a sustainable, environmental future without thriving Black communities. This discussion will center and radically imagine an environmental future–places where Black people can thrive! We have to imagine what that looks like and co-create it. 

We will hear from an intergenerational panel of environmental leaders on their thoughts and vision of a future where Black people can thrive, imagine, and create towards liberation, justice, and equity. 

Speakers include:

Destiny Hodges, Founder & Co-Executive Director, Generation Green
Dr. Frances Roberts-Gregory, Future Faculty Fellow, Northeastern University
Dr. JT Roane, Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies, Arizona State University
Dr. Michael Dorsey, Environmental Scholar, IberSun
Valencia Gunder, National Organizing Lead, RBG New Deal, Movement for Black Lives