Guided talk: The Interconnectivity of Environmental Rights and Economic Emp...

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2143 Frederick Douglass Boulevard

New York, NY 10026

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Small towns are being left behind and this can have devastating consequences.

Many of the decisions made in these small towns trickle down to major metropolitan areas. For example, NYC boasts that it has the cleanest water for its residence but this water flows from primarily small affluent communities upstate. In many cases, lack of economic influence is directly proportional to public health risk. In contrast, there was dumping of heavy metals and a subsequent public health crisis in less affluent Belews Creek, NC. This directly affected communities downstream, causing higher instances of cancer in that community and affecting the water quality of metropolitan areas like Winston-Salem, NC.

Come out for great food and discussion on how you can make an impact in your community on environmental-economic injustice issues. We will be using these guided talk questions:

  1. How do you define environmental rights and its connection to environmental injustice?

  2. What are some instances of environmental injustice from your community?

  3. How does environmental injustice differ from environmental racism?

  4. Who are the perpetrators of environmental injustice?

  5. Who is responsible for mitigating environmental injustices and why?

  6. Is environmental injustice connected to economic influence? Why is that?

  7. What does economic empowerment look like to you?

  8. Who is responsible for providing economic opportunity and why?


LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gillian-adler-mph-8148a53b

For over 20 years, Gillian Adler has been a crusader for the environment. From appointing herself the lead “elementary school recycler”in her formative years, to working at a recycling center, to teaching environmental health at the university level. She has expertise in the areas of the Chinese air pollution crisis, the connection between poverty and nuclear waste, population control, and housing. She has worked with many small to large nonprofits such as the YWCA, UNC-Chapel Hill, CUNY School of Public Health, and ThinkGreen, among others. Currently, she works as a consultant to non-profits and social enterprises in the realms of grant writing, program evaluation, and the non-profit basics through her company Arts Business Collaborative.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rahnisumler

Coming from a long line of community activists, Rahni Sumler has dedicated her life to increasing public knowledge about environmental issues through her skills in data analysis, technical communication, and technical strategy. Contributing to scientific publications for the University of Minnesota's Climate Expedition 2011-2012, she helped visualize climate change via analysis of decades of climate data from the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). She is also an avid blogger, including extensive independent reporting on the ongoing Duke Power Coal Ash Dumping Crisis on North Carolina’s Dan River. This included an investigation of the power company influencing academia; blogging extensively about the impact of misinformation in the public sphere and how to combat it. She is head editor of the AC Pharos Newsletter, which focuses on promoting economic justice, and the Executive Director of the Rodney Sumler Research Foundation for Economic Empowerment and Environmental Protection.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Must be at least 21. Bring your IDs for beverages

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Bluejeen is best accessed via the C or B line at 116 street. The restruant is near the Southern exit. You can also get there via the 2-3 line at 116 street and walking west to Federick Douglass.

There is also a 24 hour car park, Park 115, which is right next to the restraunt.
For more information about parking you can go to their site here.

What can I bring into the event?

Bring great ideas, passion and a healthy appetite! Since it is a guided talk, you won't need much preparation- unless you want to.
The RSVP donation is a donation and does not cover the cost of food.

Rain checks or cancelations will be refunded up until a week before the event.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

We will be tracking the #RSFTalks on twitter. You can live tweet or ask any additional questions there.

What's the refund policy?

Payment acts as a deposit for the event. If you cannot come and do not tell organizers then you cannot attain your deposit. All deposits will be given back at the event or can be used as a donation to the Rodney Sumler Research Foundation for Economic Empowerment and Environmental Protection.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

This is an event about environmentalism! -No printed ticket is needed. We would just need to see your name at the door.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?


Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes! Just let us know that they are coming.

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