April 13th, 2-3pm
Discussion panel moderated by College of Arts and Sciences Dean Ian Baucom with panelists Barbara Brown Wilson (Faculty Director, UVA Equity Center), Kim Fields (Assistant Professor, Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies), and Howie Epstein (Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Sciences). Opening remarks by ERI Director Karen McGlathery. Climate change has differing social, economic, public health and other adverse impacts on underserved populations. Extreme weather, rising sea levels, floods and drought amplify inequitable social conditions. Panelists will discuss how environmental justice must be a core tenet of climate action, bringing considerations of race, gender, indigenous cultures and class to the center of plans to achieve equitable mitigation and resilience outcomes.