Earth Day 2023: Justice in Focus

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Earth Day 2023: Justice in Focus

Presented by the University of Michigan's Tishman Center for Social Justice and the Environment at SEAS

By U-M School for Environment and Sustainability

When and where

Date and time

Thursday, April 13 · 6:30 - 8pm EDT


Rackham Graduate School Auditorium 915 E. Washington Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109

About this event

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

Earth Day 2023: Justice in Focus

Thursday, April 13, 2023

6:30-8:00 p.m.

Rackham Graduate School Auditorium

915 E. University Ave.

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free and open to the public

Event description:

After three years of COVID, we are emerging from multiple crises: global pandemic, economic downturn and mass inflation, and a crisis of racial inequality. Earth Day 2023: Justice in Focus seeks to put justice and Earth in the same conversation, removing the silos of environment, human social systems, and political ecology. The University of Michigan, led by the Tishman Center for Social Justice and the Environment at the School for Environment and Sustainability, will bring forth a critical dialogue with emerging and powerful leaders on the frontlines. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from local and national leaders on the inner workings of organizations, solutions, and leadership that emerged through the pandemic.

New Times, Dynamic Leadership

Locally and nationally over the last few years, we were put to the challenge, navigating COVID, racism, and economic crises in the age of climate catastrophe. Leaders all over the nation were asked to step up. Communities historically disinvested struggled to get basic resources while federal and state resources were lagging behind. And yet, we can only imagine more crises unfolding as climate change unfolds.

New times, dynamic leadership asks emerging leaders how they used skills, resources, and social networks to navigate the complex challenges before us. What have we learned through the pandemic? What is needed amidst what’s been called the largest Civil Rights movement in the United States? How must we transform our systems to meet these challenges as climate catastrophe unfolds?


Maria Lopez-Nunez

Deputy Director of Advocacy and Organizing

Ironbound Community Corporation

Anthony Rogers-Wright

Director of Environmental Justice

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

isaac sevier

Founder and Co-director

People’s Utility Commons

Learn more about the speakers here.

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About the organizer

The University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability’s (SEAS) overarching objective is to transform higher education and its impact through research, teaching, and engagement in society. It’s focused on solving the climate crisis and creating a world that is economically robust, environmentally sound, sustainable and just, from the scale of watersheds and communities in Michigan, to the entire planet.