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Upholding the Beloved Community: Advancing a Just Transition to a Sustainable Planet
February 15 • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm• Free
Climate change and environmental problems disproportionately affect people of color and low-income community members here in Lane County and across the country. Jacqueline Patterson, the director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program points to how sea level rise is leading to “whole communities being displaced within the next 15 years” in Alaska and Louisiana and in South Carolina and Texas storm surge means land is being encroached upon in communities. Patterson speaks on “Upholding the Beloved Community: Advancing a Just Transition to a Sustainable Planet” Feb. 15. Patterson tells EW that her talk will address human and civil rights, the local food movement, recycling, harnessing the sun and the wind and ways to power our planet without burning. She will discuss disparities in who is impacted by polluting facilities and discuss specific communities displaced by environmental justice issues. Patterson was cofounder of Women of Color United and has a long history of working on women‘s rights, violence against women, HIV and AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice, according to her NAACP bio.
Jacqueline Patterson of the NAACP speaks on “Upholding the Beloved Community: Advancing a Just Transition to a Sustainable Planet” 7 pm Thursday, Feb. 15, in 182 Lillis Hall at the University of Oregon. For more info go to communityrightslanecounty.org. FREE.