Climate Justice Symposium

June 18 , 4:00 pm 7:00 pm America/Los_Angeles

The California Science Center will serve as the perfect venue for KBLA Talk 1580’s historic Climate Justice Symposium. Moderated by award-winning talk show host Tavis Smiley, the gathering will convene leaders of the nation’s climate and environmental justice community. Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass will offer remarks about the importance of climate justice. Renowned scholar Dr. Cornel West will deliver remarks on the intersection of Climate Justice and Juneteenth. The symposium will be broadcast live on C-SPAN, June 18, 7pm ET/6pm CT/4pm PT.

Location: California Science Center, Donald P. Loker Conference Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037

June 4 , 1:00 pm 2:00 pm EDT

The Arctic is warming nearly four times faster than the rest of the world, and Arctic Indigenous Peoples bear the brunt of the plastic and petrochemical industry’s toxic operations. Plastics and chemicals from all over the world are transported on atmospheric and oceanic currents northward, where they accumulate in the Arctic through a process called global distillation. 

The production and use of fossil fuels by the petrochemical industry is the starting point for the damage faced by the Arctic related to plastics, chemicals, and climate change. These threats have combined to poison the lands, waters, and traditional foods of Arctic Indigenous Peoples, with ongoing health effects that threaten their cultures and communities. 

A recent report jointly published by ACAT and the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) synthesizes recent evidence from more than 250 studies on the interconnected threats from plastics, petrochemicals, and climate change that harm Arctic Peoples. The report describes how the Arctic is at risk from chemicals and plastics throughout their toxic life cycle and offers recommendations in support of a just transition to a regenerative economy. 

CHE-Alaska will host Dr. Therese Karlsson, Pamela Miller and Dr. Dalee Sambo Dorough in a discussion on how the combined effects of plastic pollution, petrochemical operations, and climate change are harming the health and well-being of communities in the Arctic. Pamela Miller, ACAT’s Executive Director and IPEN’s Co-Chair, and Dr. Karlsson, IPEN’s Science & Technical Advisor, are the lead authors of the report. Dr. Sambo Dorough, Senior Scholar and Special Advisor on Arctic Indigenous Peoples at the University of Alaska Anchorage, will discuss the compounding effects of chemicals and plastics on Arctic Indigenous Peoples as a human rights issue.

May 30 , 8:00 am 9:30 am EDT

Open civic space and the right to participation: Essential steps on the path to climate justice:

The meaningful participation of a broad range of civil society actors and Indigenous peoples at UN climate conferences is crucial to ensure scrutiny of governmental action and to provide diverse inputs that can shape states’ decisions. This requires freedom of expression – including access to information, as well as freedom of association and peaceful assembly.

​These rights are essential to foster global efforts to address the climate crisis, yet environmental human rights defenders and Indigenous peoples defending their lands are subject to attacks and vilification, all too often paying with their lives. Climate conferences are often hosted by states that do not respect these rights, and civic space in UNFCCC meetings is also restricted.

​The widening gap between rhetoric and reality in the protection of civic space in climate action spaces at local, national, regional and international levels must be closed as a prerequisite to mobilize broad public support in all countries and regions for the full, fast, fair and funded fossil fuel phase out that is needed to address the triple planetary crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental degradation that threatens humanity and the environment.  There is no climate justice without human rights.

On Thursday 30 April 2024, Amnesty International and Minority Rights Group will hold Open civic space and the right to participation: Essential steps on the path to climate justice, a global web event ahead the Bonn Climate Conference and COP29 in Azerbaijan with presentations, human rights, civic engagement and effective participation as key enablers for climate justice.

​Alfred Brownell, Climate Legal Defence (CLiDeF), Arzu Geybulla, Azerbaijani journalist, Christine Kandie, Executive Director of Endorois Indigenous Women Empowerment Network (EIWEN), the UN Special Rapporteur on Climate, Elisa Morgera, and Emmanuel Schlichter from Green Legal Impact will be among expert speakers involved in discussions: 

  • Voices Under Fire: Exploring increasing restrictions on civil society activists, journalists, human rights defenders, and indigenous communities advocating for climate justice. 
  • Government Accountability: Strategies to compel governments to reform their approach to climate and human rights. 
  • Multilateral Forums: Why freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly matter in international climate negotiations 

Why: The webinar provides a vital platform for environmental advocates and human rights defenders to share challenges and successes they have encountered at local, national, regional and international levels. Engage with our experts to explore effective practices in advocating for change and holding powerful entities to account.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to turn knowledge into action and push for a fairer, more sustainable future. Register now to be part of the change!