The Importance of Environmental Justice Storytelling

Native American Story Teller Being Filmed in a Wooded Setting

Thursday, January 20, 2022
4:30 p.m. PT




Check out this video to watch the The Importance of Environmental Justice Storytelling.

Environmental Speaker Series

Brought to you by the College of the Environment and the Salish Sea Institute in partnership with Western's Alumni Association

In this presentation Samara Almonte will cover what it means for different marginalized communities to have self-determination over their Environmental Justice (EJ) narratives and how we can support such efforts. Specifically Samara will present case-studies from her work that is centered in the Salish Sea bioregion. As an alum from WWU's College of the Environment, Samara will speak on the ways Raices Verdes and her EJ storytelling work was influenced by students organizing at the college. Raices Verdes is a multimedia storytelling platform dedicated to validating, archiving and sharing the experiences of racialized peoples reconnecting with their “green roots.” Green roots are defined as our ancestral connection to the earth that embodies our relationships with all living and spiritual beings.

More information about the speaker series is available here.

This presentation will be online as a Zoom webinar.

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Samara Almonte

Samara Almonte


Samara Almonte is part of the Michoacan diaspora, raised between the lakes and tierra caliente regions of Michoacan and occupied Coast Salish territory or the Pacific Northwest Coast. Samara identifies as a P’urhepecha descendant reconnecting with her ancestors, which has greatly influenced her work as storyteller and community developer. She grounds her work in a decolonial framework that uplifts Black and Indigenous self-determination. Samara holds a B.A in Urban Planning and Sustainability Development, with a specialization in Environmental Justice and Education, from Western Washington University. Samara is also a 2018-2019 Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program alumni, from the University of Michigan.

Questions and Accommodations

Stefan Freelan

Stefan Freelan is the coordinator of the Environmental Speaker Series. Send email to or call (360) 650-2949 if you have any questions or comments.
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