This continues our Anger to Action series with a webinar on Climate Justice, climate change, and your vote. The program will focus on climate change inequities and disproportionate effects on minorities and indigenous people. Guest speakers include Dr. Seth Moore, a national expert on climate change in the Great Lakes, the effect on indigenous people, and actions that can be taken. Two youth climate activists will also talk about their own experience with climate and environmental injustice.
Our Keynote speaker is Dr. Seth Moore, PhD., the Director of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Department of Biology and Environment. Dr. Moore has worked on Great Lakes fisheries, wildlife, and environmental issues for over 29 years. He earned his Ph.D. in Water Resources Science from the University of Minnesota (2008), a master’s degree in Environmental Biology also from the University of Minnesota (1998), and a bachelor’s dual degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Northland College in Ashland, WI (1994).
Our second speaker is Tonyisha Harris of Chicago. Tonyisha has served as the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition Administrator for the Illinois Environmental Council since September 2019, where she oversees coordination for the Climate Table and Steering Committee, engages with youth-led organizations, and assists with energy policy. She believes that environmental justice should be the center of all environmental work and constant communication is key to building a well-functioning coalition.
Our third speaker is Mary Catherine Hanafee-LaPlante, a high school senior at Prospect High School in Mt Prospect. She founded Speak Up, Green Up, a nonprofit organization that works to eliminate pesticides/herbicides from the NW suburbs, especially on park and school district land. She is the co-finance director of the IL Youth Climate Movement and serves on the board of directors for She Votes IL.
This program will be ASL interpreted.