Learn Environmental Advocacy With We-Act Virtual EHJLT Classes

April 16, 2021

Harlem’s We-Act created our award-winning Environmental Health and Justice Leadership Training (EHJLT) program in 2002 to help develop leaders who can advocate on behalf of their community.

You can learn more about the program, which is traditionally held in person, by visiting here.

The pandemic has made EHJLT a challenge. But this spring and summer we are able to offer a series of online courses thanks to the generous support of and partnership with TAZO, a tea company with a passionate commitment to climate justice.

There are no prerequisites for these courses, and they are open to anyone 15 and older. There is no cost, either, though we encourage you to make a donation ($25, or whatever you can afford) to help us continue the program and give others the same opportunity.

And we ask that if you do sign up, you honor your commitment to attend all the sessions because space is limited and demand is high.

2021 Spring & Summer Program

Intro to Environmental Justice & Climate Justice 

Do you know that people of color are disproportionately impacted by pollution and the effects of climate change? Learn why environmental and climate issues are also racial issues.

Description: This set of in-depth workshops will serve as a guide to understanding environmental justice and climate justice and the growing movement to address them. The four classes offered include an introduction to environmental justice, an introduction to climate justice, foundations of organizing, and advocacy. Furthermore, participants in this training will become familiar with Environmental Justice terminology, definitions, and case studies of exposure in communities facing similar issues across the United States.

Classes:  Introduction to Environmental Justice (Guest Speaker: David Chang, Public Health Institute), Introduction to Climate Justice, Foundations of Organizing (Charles Callaway), and Advocacy

Days: Mondays & Wednesdays – May 24th, 26th, 31st, & June 2nd

Time: 6:00-7:30 PM EDT

RegisterIntro to Environmental Justice & Climate Justice


Climate Justice & Resiliency

You may be familiar with the climate crisis and the need for resiliency. But do you know that communities of color are hit first and worst by climate change? Learn why climate change is a racial issue, and how addressing it equitably can help mitigate years of systemic racism.

Description: This set of workshops will highlight the impacts of climate change at the local, state, and federal level on low-income communities and communities of color. With a focus on extreme heat, emergency preparedness, and communications, we will explore how communities are fighting for and building resiliency. Furthermore, participants in this training will become familiar with Climate Justice and Resiliency terminology, its impact on health outcomes, and case studies of exposure in communities facing similar issues.

Classes: Introduction to Climate Justice, Extreme Heat (Sonal Jessel), Emergency Preparedness, and Communications

Days: Tuesday & Thursday – June 1st, 3rd, 7th, & 9th

Time: 6:00-7:30 PM EDT

RegisterClimate Justice & Resiliency


Environmental Justice 101 

Learn the fundamentals of environmental justice and how you can weave them into your work.

Description: This set of in-depth workshops will highlight the importance of environmental justice issues and WE ACT’s prominent role in tackling environmental racisms throughout Northern Manhattan. We will explore issues such as air quality and sustainable land use in depth. Participants who attend these modules will become knowledgeable about the indicators that make up a healthy community, historical background on redlining and gentrification, and ways to become civically engaged in your own community!

Classes: Intro to Environmental Justice, Air Quality, Gentrification & Redlining, and Civic Engagement

Days: Monday & Wednesday – June 14th, 16th, 21st, & 23rd

Time: 6:00-7:30 PM EDT

RegisterEnvironmental Justice 101


Introduction to Community Organizing 

Learn how to build power in your community to advance environmental justice.

Description: This set of workshops will teach you how to build power within our community and build upon the broader environmental justice movement. Together, we will discuss the foundations of organizing and how to be a better advocate for environmental justice communities. Participants will not only be able to identify the components of an effective campaign strategy, but they will also learn how to create their own campaigns.

Classes: Introduction to Environmental Justice, Foundations of Organizing (Charles Callaway), Civic Engagement, and Advocacy

Days: Monday & Wednesday – July 5th, 7th, 12th, & 14th

Time: 6:00-7:30 PM EDT

RegisterIntroduction to Community Organizing

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