Energy and Environmental Law Society to host virtual event with leading environmental and climate justice scholars
The Energy and Environmental Law Society, a student group at the University of Maine School of Law, will host a virtual event with leading environmental and climate justice scholars this month. Experts from Hawaiʻi to New England will gather via Zoom to discuss “Environmental & Climate Justice: Anti-Racist Movements and Principles for Practice” on October 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm.
Championed primarily by African-Americans, Latinos, Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans, the environmental justice movement was built on a statistical fact: residents of America’s most polluted environments are commonly people of color and the poor. Environmental justice advocates have shown that this is no accident. The environmental justice movement fights for the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people in the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policy. Climate justice, deeply intertwined with the environmental justice movement, seeks to shift the discourse on climate change from a strictly scientific arena into a social justice and civil rights one, recognizing that effects of climate change often have disproportionate effects on historically marginalized or underserved communities. (Adapted from Environmental Justice Movement, https://www.nrdc.org/stories/environmental-justice-movement.)
Panelists from the Yale School of Law, Northeastern University, Vermont School of Law, and the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa, will explore the birth and history of the environmental justice movement, its implications for climate policy, the incorporation of environmental and climate justice principles in the practice of law and policy creation, and our professional and ethical obligation to identify and fight against environmental racism.
Josh Rosen, a 2L at Maine Law, will serve as the host for this event. Dean Leigh I. Saufley will introduce the panelists, and the Q & A will be moderated by Professor of Practice Jeff Thaler.
Students, practicing attorneys, policy-makers, municipal leaders, urban planners, business and nonprofit leaders, social justice activists, and interested community members are encouraged to attend. Registration is required at this link: https://bit.ly/30yue36.