The Environmental Resilience Institute and the Integrated Program in the Environment are teaming up this fall to present a series of lunch-hour talks centering environmental and climate resilience issues.
The Environmental Resilience Speaker Series kicks off 12 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4 with a presentation on environmental justice by Denise Abdul-Rahman, the NAACP Midwest/Plain states regional field organizer and Indiana state chair for the environmental climate justice program. All talks in the series will be virtual and accessible through a registration link in the calendar event.
As a longtime environmental justice activist, Abdul-Rahman has facilitated and led successful coalitional efforts to halt coal-fired power plants and mobilize groups to ensure equitable access to solar energy. Abdul-Rahman’s talk, “We Are Done Dying: Transformation and Liberation,” will address the journey of people of African descent toward resilience and resistance from all that seeks to harm and impede their human and civil rights.
On Sept. 18, Suzannah Comfort, an assistant professor of science and environmental communication in The Media School at IU, will speak on how the American environmental movement has used journalism to raise public awareness and grow its membership ranks in her talk, “Journalists as Activists and Activists as Journalists: How the American Environmental Movement Has Used Journalism as an Advocacy Tool.”
Other dates and speakers include:
Title: Energy Insecurity in the Time of COVID-19
Oct. 16 | Dana Habeeb, Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering
Nov. 6 | Shellye Suttles, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Title: Potential Environmental Impacts of New Transportation Safety Policy
Nov. 20 | TBD
Dec. 4 | Jeremy Kranowitz, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
Title: If the Lord’s Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise