Earth Week Online Panel Discussion: Climate Change, Biodiversity Justice & Communities of Color
Featuring Tamara Toles-O’Laughlin, Environmental and Climate Policy Strategist, and Leda Huta, Executive Director, Endangered Species Coalition
“Climate change has a global impact that we are already experiencing, but it disproportionately impacts communities of color – and its impact on these areas will continue to grow,” said Ben DeAngelis, Student Activities Advisor. “This program explores the need for collective action – and opportunities to make a difference right away.”
About the speakers:
Tamara Toles-O’Laughlin is an environmentalist focused on equity, access, and community. She develops capacity-building programs and creates multi-media campaigns to dismantle privilege and increase opportunities for vulnerable populations to access healthy air, clean energy, and a toxic-free economy at the local, regional, and national levels. Most recently she served as the North America Director at 350.org where she supported and was accountable to organizers and campaigners on the United States and Canada teams.
Leda Huta, Executive Director of the Endangered Species Coalition, has 25+ years of environmental experience—managing grassroots, national, and international campaigns. She leads staff in protecting imperiled wildlife, from the gray wolf to the Rusty patched bumblebee. Previously, Leda was the Acting Executive Director for Finding Species, an organization that advanced science and conservation, primarily in the Amazon.
The online discussion will be moderated by Patricia Doyle, an Adjunct Faculty Member in the College’s Division of Math, Science, Technology and Health. Patricia has been teaching Environmental Science courses at the College for four and a half years. Her areas of focus are water, toxics, and environmental health. She was involved in a long-term Mohawk River Water Monitoring program with environmental science students at the College and previously led a study which found dry cleaning solvent emissions in apartments above dry cleaners in New York City.