The Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability is pleased to present its fall lecture featuring Julie Sze and Michael Méndez in conversation about their new books on Wednesday, September 30, 4-5:15 pm PDT.
Authors, activists, and academics Michael Méndez (UCI) and Julie Sze (UC Davis) join RRC Interim Director Susan Phillips for a conversation about the intersection of climate change and environmental justice.
Sze’s new book, Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger (UC Press 2020), examines mobilizations and movements, from protests at Standing Rock to activism in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The book is the essential primer on environmental justice, packed with cautiously hopeful stories for the future. All proceeds from this book are split between the Community Water Center https://www.communitywatercenter.org/ and UPROSE https://www.uprose.org/, two environmental justice organizations.
Méndez’s new book, Climate Change from the Streets: How Conflict and Collaboration Strengthen the Environmental Justice Movement (Yale 2020), tells an urgent and timely story of the contentious politics of incorporating environmental justice into global climate change policy. Méndez contends that we must incorporate local knowledge, culture, and history into policymaking to fully address the global complexities of climate change and the real threats facing our local communities.
This event is sponsored by the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability and the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation.
More about our speakers:
Michael Méndez is an assistant professor of environmental planning and policy at the University of California, Irvine. He previously served in California as a senior consultant, lobbyist, and gubernatorial appointee during the passage of the state’s internationally acclaimed climate change legislation.
Julie Sze is a Professor of American Studies at UC Davis. She is also the founding director of the Environmental Justice Project for UC Davis’ John Muir Institute for the Environment, and in that capacity is the Faculty Advisor for 25 Stories from the Central Valley.
Zoom registration link: https://pitzer.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MVsKDK_ESIS11EPMGWsBDw