March 26, 2020 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm America/Chicago Timezone
Jane Kloeckner

You are invited to attend the Environmental Speakers Series at KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kansas. This series is sponsored by KU and Johnson County Community College. There will be two evenings of dynamic speakers discussing the environmental justice needs for overburdened and underserved communities in the KC metro area and elsewhere. The events are on Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, March 26 and Thursday, April 2. Come to both or one or the other, whichever fits your calendar.

This two part speakers series will show the breadth and depth of environmental justice not only in our local community but also in Indian country. The series includes discussions on environmental and climate justice in overburdened and low income communities in the Metropolitan Kansas City Area. Day 1, March 26, includes an in depth discussions on the environmental injustices suffered by American Indian people living in Indian country and eco-justice in your own backyard. Day 2, on the following Thursday, April 2, the series continues with environmental literacy, empowering people in overburdened communities in Wyandotte County, Kansas, working with local civic leaders to take climate change seriously, and making a Regional Climate Action Plan that includes meaningful involvement opportunities for people of color, poor people, and immigrants. Both panels include cultural bias education, which may highlight the need for systemic and institutional change to bring about environmental justice. The speakers will share cultures, traditions, and practices for working with minorities, immigrants, poor people, and Indian people and Tribal Governments.

You will learn about environmental justice from a truly interdisciplinary group. All are exceptional leaders in their respective fields including social justice, sustainability, environmental action, climate action, regional planning, law, and science. I am happy to announce that Richard Mabion, Environmental Activist, Prof. Deborah Williams, JCCC Environmental Science Dept. Chair, Tom Jacobs, MARC Environmental Program Director, Robin Martinez, Attorney, Emily Libla, Pachamama Alliance, and Rev. Helen Nelson are all confirmed speakers. See the attached announcement for more details for this free and open educational speakers series.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://kansas.zoom.us/j/293002215