The major National Climate Assessment report (https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/) released in November had ominous warnings about the severity and pace of climate change. Today, climate change is negatively impacting communities across the country. It will continue to have devastating effects on people’s health, cost billions to the U.S. economy and disrupt local communities.
Those who face the most suffering? Society’s most vulnerable, including “lower-income and other marginalized communities,” researchers found. They regularly struggle for access to a clean, safe, and healthy environment. And, the St. Louis region is home to some of the most egregious social and environmental disparities in the nation.
Not only has the Trump Administration tried to discredit the report, their policies will worsen the climate crisis. As daunting as it seems, we can take action before it’s too late. Our speakers will talk about the social justice aspects of climate change and ways in which we as local communities and as individuals can make a difference.
Speakers:Jennifer R. Smith, Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences & Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Washington University
Jen’s research aims to understand the interaction between humans and their environment as recorded in the archaeological record. This involves examining both how natural climatic and environmental changes affected the resources available to people through time, and also how changes in population and technology have affected the amount and nature of human impact on the natural environment.
Jen came to Washington University in 2002, following a year as a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard. She received her Ph.D. in 2001 from the University of Pennsylvania.
John Hickey, Chapter Director, Sierra Club Missouri
John has served as the Missouri Sierra Club Chapter Director since 2010 where he’s worked on public health problems caused by air and water pollution.
A grassroots organizer for 40 years, John has led multiple public health campaigns. He graduated from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor where he studied environmental advocacy.