The PSC's Environmental Justice Committee sponsored a lively and highly informative forum on Climate Change on Wednesday evening, November 30, in the Union Hall. The theme was "Organizing Urgency: What the PSC and CUNY can and should do".
Three panelists looked at the crisis through two different lenses: scientific evidence and community organizing for climate justice.
Geology Professor Stephen Pekar of Queens College summarized the scientific case for the reality of climate change and the role of human activity in generating and exacerbating the problem.
Leslie Cagan, a renowned organizer of mass collective actions, including the 2014 People's Climate March that mobilized hundreds of thousands and in which the PSC had a strong contingent, promoted the organizing mantra of “think globally, act locally.”
Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director of UPROSE, a community environmental organization in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, gave a powerful presentation on new approaches to resistance and transformation in the environmental justice movement.
Discussion following the presentations was lively, characterized by a commitment to joining and expanding the work over the coming months of the PSC's Environmental Justice Committee.