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Setting a New Compass for Climate Change

Date and time: 
January 25, 2014 - 12:30pm - 5:00pm

Wellstone Center
179 Robie Street E
Saint Paul, MN

Please join us for Setting a New Compass for Climate and Justice: A Forum on Race, Climate and Community Health. The event will feature:

  • Chicana Activist Kim Wasserman. Kim received the prestigious Goldman Environmental Award for her environmental health and justice work. Having successfully organizing to shut down two of the country's oldest and dirtiest coal plants in her Chicago neighborhood, Kim is now turning to organize for climate and energy policies that work to build vibrant and healthy communities. A strong Chicana leader, Kim will present on re-claiming our future and our environment.
  • Presentation on EJ Mapping Tool for Community Advocacy. The Twin Cities Environmental Justice Mapping Tool is a community organizing and planning tool for community use. The tool enables community access to information about environmental health hazards, especially with respect to Native, low-income and communities of color. A demonstration of the tool will be presented and community members will be able to engage state and city officials about their strategies for achieving environmental justice in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Also hear from community and governmental leaders on the future of justice in environmental and climate policy in Minnesota:

  • John L. Stine, Commissioner, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Alondra Cano, Minneapolis City Council Member-Elect
  • Elizabeth Glidden, Minneapolis City Council, Chair – Committee on Regulatory, Energy and Environment
  • David Nicholson, Executive Director, Headwaters Foundation for Justice
  • Carlos Mariani, Minnesota House of Representatives
  • David Pellow, Professor and Don Martindale Endowed Chair, University of Minnesota
  • Veronica Burt, Public Policy Advocate/Cultural Organizer, Just Equity (invited)
  • Jeff Matson and Neeraj Mehta, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Shalini Gupta and Dr. Cecilia Martinez, Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy

Current Co-Sponsors:

  • Headwaters Foundation for Justice and Policy Champions
  • Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota
  • Proyecto Zenteotl
  • Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli
  • West Side Community Organization (WSCO)
  • Afro-Eco

Event made possible with funding by:

  • Elmer L. & Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation
  • US Climate Action Network
  • Kresge Foundation
  • Norman Foundation
  • Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation 

Follow updates on the event at www.ceed.org and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Center.Earth.Energy.Democracy

Event Contact: Liza (Guerra) O’Reilly at the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy, loreilly@ceed.org, (612) 276-5660.