Revealing Relationships: Environmental Racism/Climate Migration and Disaster Preparedness
November 14, 2020
Climate Crisis realities, Racism, resulting dislocation, migration and Disaster collide in many places around the globe. Climate refugees are on the move around the globe and here in the U.S.. Indigenous peoples living in the Pacific Islands are forced to flee their homes in the face of sea level rise. Hurricanes moving seasonally through Haiti, Puerto Rico and the southern U.S. are not more frequent, but much more severe than in the past. Who is hurt? How do we respond? What factors tell the story?
- WHEN: Saturday, November 14, 2020, 10:00-11:30 a.m. PST (9:00 a.m. AST and 11:00 a.m. MST)
- WHO: Stephen Deal is a Regional Representative for AMMPARO and ELCA Global Missions. He will be joining us from San Jose, Costa Rica where he sees first hand the impacts of Climate Change and other factors driving Central American citizens away from their homes.
Ruth M. Ivory-Moore is ELCA’s Program Director for Environment and Energy. She has had careers in chemical engineering and as corporate legal counsel, and so will bring legal specialties including environmental law and climate change to our conversation. Ruth is a member of the board of Creation Justice Ministries and a member of ACT Alliance’s Climate Change Group. She has done significant education around various environmental and climate change subjects.
Krish O’Mara Vignarajah is President and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services. She previously served in the Obama White House as Policy Director for First Lady Michelle Obama and with the State Department as Senior Advisor under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State John Kerry. Krish has an intimate understanding of refugee issues as she was only 9-months old when she and her family escaped a country on the brink of civil war and built a life in Maryland. Her parents came to this country with no jobs and $200 in their pockets.
Rev. Dave Brauer-Rieke, ELCA Region 1 Disaster Preparedness and Response – Webinar Moderator