Environmental Factor, January 2009, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
WE ACT Conference to Address Climate Justice
By Eddy Ball
West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. (WE ACT) for Environmental Justice, an NIEHS grantee (http://tools.niehs.nih.gov/portfolio/sc/detail.cfm?appl_id=7120007), is currently accepting registrations for its 20th Anniversary National Climate Justice Conference January 29 - 30 to be held at Fordham University School of Law in New York City. The conference theme is "Advancing Climate Justice: Transforming the Economy, Public Health and Our Environment." NIEHS is providing sponsorship for what organizers describe as a "ground-breaking conference" (http://weact.org/Programs/MovementBuilding/TheWEACTforClimateJusticeProject/AdvancingClimateJusticeConference/tabid/330/Default.aspx) through the Columbia University NIEHS Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan. (http://cpmcnet.columbia.edu/dept/niehs/)
According to WE ACT, "Environmental justice advocates, community leaders and stakeholders from New York City and other parts of the nation [will] come together to raise our voices and lead our community and country down the path toward achieving a just, responsible and sane climate-changed future by advocating for policies and programs that protect the most vulnerable communities of our country and demanding action to create a just transition to a clean, renewable energy economy and future."
Major sponsors include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Ford Foundation, the Women's Holistic Empowerment and Development Organization, The Mary Ann Liebert journal Environmental Justice, the New York University Law School Environmental Law Society and the Earth Institute at Columbia University.
The planning committee includes NIEHS Office of Environmental Public Health Associate Director Allen Dearry, Ph.D., and two grantees from the Columbia University NIEHS Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan, Joseph Grazziano, Ph.D. (http://www.mailmanschool.org/msphfacdir/profile.asp?uni=jg24) , and Regina Santella, Ph.D. (http://www.mailman.hs.columbia.edu/ehs/16.html) Dearry and NIEHS Environmental Justice grantee Beverley Wright, Ph.D. (http://www.communityhealthleaders.org/leaders/leader/beverly_wright) , will be among the guest speakers at the conference.