Climate change & climate justice event

April 1, 2008

In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Beverly Wright (Xavier University and the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice) and Ted Glick (U.S. Climate Emergency Council and the Climate Crisis Coalition) will speak on behalf of their work in environmental justice.

Climate Change, Climate Justice Series at Tufts University

Thursday, April 3
Reception from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Rabb Room Lincoln Filene
Lecture at 6:00 p.m., Braker 01

As the 2007 United Nations Report on Climate Change makes explicitly clear, people of color, women, and especially the poor will bear the brunt of the catastrophic effects of climate change globally. Climate change is without doubt the biggest diversity issue of this century as it estimated that many millions of people, primarily in poor countries, will face displacement, disease, war and death as a result of climate change caused primarily by rich Western countries.

The Climate Change, Climate Justice series aims to look at climate change, social justice, and diversity at global, national, and local levels: For example, the series considers the human costs of climate change in the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati, in New Orleans, and Boston. The goal is to provide not only education at each event but also specific action steps for event participants – ways to become involved immediately in a positive response to the crisis.