In the recent, WE-ACT Updates Newsletter they mention that they are close to wrapping up our fourth day of programming here at COP27.
COP27 is the 2022 United Nations Climate Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt!
As you may know, we partnered with the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and the Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice to host the first-ever Climate Justice Pavilion in the Blue Zone, providing a platform for the global climate justice movement and amplifying the voices of those most impacted by the climate crisis, including representatives from the Global South, the U.S. environmental justice movement, and Indigenous peoples.
Some of the highlights of week one include a visit from Al Gore, Former US Vice President, Nobel Laureate, & Chairman of the Climate Reality Project. He spoke with passion about environmental and climate justice, and the importance of the work we do. We also hosted a panel – What’s Next? The Future of Environmental Justice in the United States – with US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan. Both events drew large crowds, as did the visit earlier today from Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and her congressional delegation, which included Representative Adriano Espaillat.
But that’s only half the story. We have had so many amazing panels and discussions with climate justice advocates from around the world – who have passionately shared their stories, insight, and ideas – as well as connections and conversations that took place in-between. We are all facing similar challenges. And the dialog we’ve started this week will pay dividends down the road, as we crowdsource solutions to these common challenges.
That’s the story of week one. Week two starts tomorrow, with youth panels and a visit from the Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the U.S. Department of Energy Shalanda Baker.
You can learn more about the pavilion, see our programming schedule, and watch via livestream here. And we will soon get everything up on YouTube, to make it easier for those back home to share this incredible experience!
WE ACT for Environmental Justice, 1854 Amsterdam Ave (at 152nd St) New York, NY 10031, weact.org, 212.961.1000
Photo credit: 1) Source. 2) Al Gore. 3) Harlem’s Representative Espaillat (left) with Peggy Shepard (right). 4) Source. 5) Peggy Shepard (right) with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (left). 6-10) Groups. 11) We Act sign.