Join us on the afternoon of October 30 for our 2016 statewide annual conference, An Environment of Justice. Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome of the Kresge Foundation will offer the keynote presentation, as well as one of 9 remarkable workshops. She has shared her keynote teaser and workshop objectives with us, and we’re pleased to share them with you.
Climate change is one of the most pressing threats to the health of our communities, our cities and our nation. The negative impacts of our changing climate are often felt by low income communities, and communities of color, whom are, in most cases, faced with multiple environmental insults on a daily basis. As we acknowledge the 25th anniversary of the crafting of the Principles of Environmental Justice, the time is now to build awareness, to acknowledge the inequities, and encourage a movement that can facilitate a path towards building not only physical resilience to climate change, but enhance the spiritual resilience of faith and community leaders across the country.
During this workshop, participants will engage in a facilitated discussion that will:
- Describe critical moments and foundational documents of the Environmental Justice/Climate Justice movement
- Provide examples of current federal policies that have unintentional consequences on environmental justice communities
- Unpack the challenges and needs of climate leaders to build a more unified movement
- Allow participants to share challenges and successes about the most effective/ineffective ways to educate, build capacity and advocate within and outside of your congregation, community, network of peers, etc. in a safe space
- Leave hopeful, energized, with a list of resources, new partners and opportunities to inject equity and justice into your ministry and advocacy
Want more right now? Read A Policy Approach Toward Climate Justice a scholarly article on the topic just published September 22, 2016.
Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome is senior program officer at The Kresge Foundation, responsible for the Environment Program’s grant portfolio on sustainable water resources management in a changing climate. Jalonne also leads the foundation’s work addressing the intersection of climate change and public health. Before joining Kresge, Jalonne served as director of federal policy at WE ACT for Environmental Justice, a community based, environmental justice organization, where she was involved with leading national campaigns tohelp ensure that the concerns of low-income, communities of color were integrated into federal policy, particularly on clean air, climate change and health issues.
A native of Detroit, Jalonne earned a Ph.D. in environmental health sciences from the University of Michigan School of Public Health; a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Southern Methodist University; and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University. She currently serves on the board of US Climate Action Network and was recognized by Grist Magazine as “The 50 People You’ll Be Talking About in 2016.” Jalonne’s career has spanned many sectors, private industry, government, non-profit, academia and now philanthropy. She is a professional lecturer at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and an adjunct professor at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan.
Jalonne is also an active member of her Baptist church, teaching Sunday school, and serving as a deacon.