Nov 5th 2019

The environmental movement in the US can be overwhelmingly white, inaccessible, and alienating. It can also seem unrelated to Asian American struggles, but in fact environmental issues are of great consequence to Asians and Asian Americans, particularly climate change. Asia is projected to be more impacted by climate change than other areas of the globe, and people of color here in the states are also often most affected by sea level rise and other changes. This workshop investigates environmental justice through the lens of the Asian American experience, discusses a few historical cases, and explores why Asian Americans are intricately tied to issues of environmental justice. Environmental justice can be deeply connected to our identities; we must reframe the narrative.

This presentation will be led by Andrea “Chuey” Chu, who organizes with Asian Americans Advancing Justice and Asian American Midwest Progressives, and is involved in the broader Taiwanese American community. She holds a BS in environmental science and a MS in environmental planning and management, and currently is a regional organizer with Food & Water Watch.

This workshop will be held at Praxis Collaborative at the ICA Building in Uptown. The building is wheel chair accessible.

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