Intersectional Environmentalism: The key to Fighting Racism and Climate Change

Left panel: young climate marchers. Right panel: racial justice protestor

Thursday, April 22, 2021
4:30 p.m. PDT




Check out this video to watch the Intersectional Environmentalism: The key to Fighting Racism and Climate Change.

Huxley Speaker Series

Brought to you by Huxley College of the Environment in partnership with the WWU Alumni Association

Communities of color and low-income communities have carried the heaviest burden of environmental injustice, but the environmental movement has excluded these communities from the conversation—from science policy to outdoor recreation.

Environmentalism is white and some of the outcomes have been white supremacist in nature and symptomatic to the greater root cause. To combat the racism embedded within the environmental movement as well as have more impactful solutions to the planet, we must involve highly impacted communities in ALL parts of decision making, from beginning to the end, early and often.

Using community gathered qualitative data, existing demographic information, health metrics, and pollution indicators, the WA environmental justice task force used the EJ mapping tool (which was created with community and led by Front and Centered and University of Washington) also known as the Washington State Health disparities map to help guide equitable actions in the form of agency practices and current proposed legislation.

More information about the speaker series is available here.

Emily Pinckney

Emily Pinckney


Emily Pinckney grew up along the Salish Sea in Tacoma, Washington on Puyallup Tribal land where she spent 26 years of her life. She knew since she was three years old that she wanted to serve her community.

Emily attended Humboldt State University and Duke University and graduated with a degree in Marine Biology and Conservation, and a minor degree in Dance Science and Wildlife Management. In her academic career, she has done research at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Fordham University: Louis Calder Ecological Institute, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute: Bocas Del Toro. Her areas of study included local extinction events, biodiversity loss from climate change, human impacts on marine environments, systems of subjugation (racism, sexism, etc) on climate change, and sensory physiology of marine animals, and using empathy as a tool of conservation behavior change.

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Upcoming Talks

May 6, 2021
Speaker: Steve Hollenhorst, Dean, Huxley College, WWU
Title: Creating a Carbon Conservation Trust Movement

May 13, 2021
Speaker: Hillary Franz, Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands (DNR)
Title: Commissioner Franz On Washington Environmental Policy and Community Resilience

Questions and Accommodations

Stefan Freelan

Stefan Freelan is the coordinator of the Huxley Speaker Series. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email or call (360) 650-2949.
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