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The Scholar and Feminist Conference XXXV: FEMINISM AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Presented by the Barnard Center for Research on Women

Barnard College, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY

With keynote addresses by Majora Carter and Joni Seager

Already among the most vulnerable populations worldwide, women and other marginalized groups have been the most acutely affected by the instabilities produced by climate change. Issues such as water scarcity, drought, and other environmental problems threaten the world’s food supply, making it more difficult for disadvantaged groups to obtain the basic necessities of life. Increased temperatures and more intense weather patterns raise the likelihood of illness and disease, especially among the poor. Diminishing resources, known to increase conflict and war, are leading to greater numbers of “climate refugees” and displaced people. In all of these situations, women are disproportionately affected by the dangers that climate change poses to our world.

At the same time, women and people of color have been at the forefront of many movements for environmental justice, incorporating analysis of race, class, and gender that governments and mainstream environmental policy have ignored or failed to recognize. Looking at these issues in a wide variety of contexts, we bring together a group of panelists to explore how global climate change poses not just a disproportionate threat to some, but also how scholars and activists are responding. How does social exploitation parallel environmental exploitation in regional and global contexts, and how can an analysis of gender and race help build an effective response? How can the diverse groups that are affected find common ground? What are the challenges and complexities of working within multiple movements, including those for environmental, racial, and gender justice? These questions and many others are the focus of this year’s Scholar and Feminist Conference on Feminism and Climate Change.

The conference is open to the public and admission is on a sliding scale

For more information and to register, please click here.

Speakers include:

Majora Carter, founder of Sustainable South Bronx and creator of SSBx’s “green-collar” job training and placement programs, and president of the Majora Carter Group

Joni Seager, Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography of Hunter College in New York City

Nancy Biberman, president, Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDCo)

Anene Ejikeme, assistant professor, Trinity University Department of History

Rachel Harris, U.S. Climate Change Campaign Coordinator, Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)

Laila Iskandar Kamel, community development consultant and trustee, International Institute for Environment and Development

Winona LaDuke, activist and executive director, Honor the Earth

Annie Leonard, environmental activist and director of The Story of Stuff Project

Jennifer Redfearn, producer and director of Sun Come Up, a documentary following the relocation of some of the world’s first climate refugees, the Carteret Islanders—a community living on a remote island chain 50 miles off the coast of Papua New Guinea

Cynthia Rosenzweig, adjunct professor, Barnard College Department of Environmental Science, and senior research scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Susan Shaw, founder and director, Marine Environmental Research Institute

Peggy Shepard, executive director and co-founder of WE ACT for Environmental Justice

Eleanor Sterling, director, American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation

Marcela Vásquez-León, assistant professor, University of Arizona Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology and Center for Latin American Studies

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