Sept 21 – League’s Fall Kick-Off Meeting, Climate Justice

Climate Justice

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 7:00 to 8:45 pm
Corvallis-Benton County Public Library Meeting Room
645 NW Monroe Avenue, Corvallis

Speakers:

Dr. Allison Davis-White Eyes, Director of Diversity & Cultural Engagement and Assistant Vice Provost of Student Affairs at Oregon State University

Dr. Robert Figueroa, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University

This year’s kick-off meeting begins at 7:00 pm with an overview of League programs for 2016-17.  Learn what our League is working on and how you can become involved!  At 7:30 pm, the focus shifts to our featured program on Climate Justice.

According to many experts, communities of color are being hardest hit by consequences of the climate crisis – more frequent and severe weather events like droughts, intense heat waves, and flooding caused by heavy rainfall.

Rather than looking at global warming as simply an environmental issue, Dr. Allison Davis-White Eyes and Dr. Robert Figueroa will speak on the ethical and political issues associated with climate change. Dr. Davis-White Eyes will focus on state and national concerns, while Dr. Figueroa will provide a global perspective. There will be plenty of time for audience questions following their presentations.

Mark your calendar and plan to join us for this timely and informative presentation.  Invite your friends and colleagues to come with you –introduce them to the League and to the critical issue of Climate Justice.

Climate Justice Resources

Climate Justice Alliance, OurPowerCampaign.org. Front-line communities forge a scalable and socio-economically just transition from unsustainable energy toward local economies.

Indigenous Environmental Network, ienearth.org. Indigenous peoples and individuals organize direct-action and public awareness campaigns and build capacity to address environmental climate, and economic justice issues.

NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program, naacp.org/programs/entry/climate-justice/. Educates and mobilizes people nationwide to address environmental and climate justice.

Northwest Indian Applied Research Institute (NIARI), nwindian.evergreen.edu/. NIARI, at Evergreen State College in Washington, helps tribes meet economic, governance, resource goals.

Green America’s Divest/Invest Campaign, app.greenamerica.org/fossil-free/. Information and resources on divesting from the top fossil-fuel companies and reinvesting sustainably. Find fossil-free mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, retirement investments, financial planners, and asset-management firms.

Green America’s Break Up with Your Mega-Bank Campaign, BreakUpWithYourMegaBank.org. Mega-banks are often the biggest financers of projects like coal plants that exacerbate climate change and disproportionately affect communities of color. This campaign helps individuals move their money away from mega-banks and into community development banks and credit unions that lift up low- and middle-income areas and vulnerable communities of color.

(Excerpted from Green American, Spring 2016)

Co-sponsored by the LWV of Corvallis and the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library