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Climate Week 2021 – Injustice Anywhere: Why Climate Justice is Reproductive Justice
September 20, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Presented in partnership with NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and National Urban League
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously stated that “…an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” signaling that what happens to our global family and friends as well as to our local community directly impacts us and issues of oppression are more often than not linked. Whether it is polluted drinking water or air, catastrophic natural disasters, toxic emissions, excessive heat, rising sea levels, or even COVID – the impact of environmental injustice often has the most devastating consequences for those in Black, Brown, and lower-income communities. The reality and fallout from climate change is especially devastating to pregnant and birthing people.
Through this candid discussion with community leaders in environmental justice, healthcare, public health, civil rights, and social justice, this panel will explore the intersectionality of environmental justice, climate change, birth equity, and reproductive justice as they intertwine and directly impact pregnant and birthing people within communities of color.
- Dr. Torian Easterling, First Deputy Commissioner and Chief Equity Officer at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH)
- Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, Founder & President at the National Birth Equity Collaborative
- Donald R. Cravins, Jr., Esq., Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer at the National Urban League
- Petrice Sams-Abiodun, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships – Louisiana at Planned Parenthood, Gulf Coast
Moderated by: Linda Villarosa, Contributing Writer, New York Times Magazine