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Climate Change Organizers Must Respect the Work Already Underway in Frontline Communities | Between the Lines

The ninth annual conference on New Directions in Environmental Law took place at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies on March 2. Organizers of the gathering maintain that climate change is the greatest threat to social justice, human rights and progress around the world. Conference participants explored existing challenges and legal and policy solutions to the crisis, placing climate justice at the center of the discussion.

Speakers at the conference addressed topics including: the impact of the climate crisis on immigration, incarcerated individuals, low-income communities and communities of color. Also explored were community responses to climate change that will generate justice and equity.

One of the conference’s keynote speakers was Elizabeth Yeampierre, co-founder of Uprose, the oldest Latino community organization in New York City, who also serves as co-chair of the national Climate Justice Alliance. She is of African and indigenous descent and focused her remarks on the need for those doing climate organizing to respect the work already being done in frontline communities. Between The Lines’ Melinda Tuhus attended the conference and brings us this excerpt.

Read and listen to the whole story here: Climate Change Organizers Must Respect the Work Already Underway in Frontline Communities – BTL

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