Adult Program: Equity in the Environmental Movement

Sunday, January 31
10:30 am


Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environment and Climate Justice Program, will join us to discuss the ways Black, Afro-Latinx, and other voices of color have been marginalized or largely excluded from the decision-making processes in the environmental movement and what work is being done to reverse that dynamic in ways that are explicitly anti-racist.  Before she became the director of the NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice program, Jacqueline “Jacqui” Patterson worked at the civil organizations Women of Color United and ActionAid where she approached issues like climate change and food access from a gender lens. In her current post, Patterson has led the NAACP’s Power to the People campaign which cites the disproportionate exposure of African American children to coal plants and higher average costs that Black households pay for energy services as motivations to transition away from the fossil fuel industry.