Climate Forward 2021 - Day 1

Monday, April 19 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

This is a past event.

In celebration of Earth Day, the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future, and GRoW@Annenberg are hosting a series of conversations around advancing climate change issues. A slate of political figures, academics, scientists, policy, and industry experts will address climate change through the lenses of social justice, business, communication, and politics as we look ahead to the priorities of President Biden’s Administration.

Each of the four days will focus on a different policy area that is critical to advancing climate change solutions.

Day 1: Climate Justice Roundtable

Panelists will discuss the often disproportionate harm of climate change in underserved communities. Is access to clean air and water a human rights issue? How can people living near gross polluters gain sufficient political power to protect their health? What enforcement mechanisms exist to prevent man-made climate catastrophes from happening? Are those tools sufficient to protect vulnerable communities? How are these issues affected by related issues of housing, economic disparity, infrastructure shortages, and energy expenses?


  • Kevin de León - Los Angeles City Councilmember, District 14; Former California Senator and President pro Tempore 
  • Jacqueline Patterson - Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program
  • Alison Dundes Renteln - Professor of Political Science, Anthropology, Public Policy and Law, USC Dornsife
  • Effie Turnbull Sanders (Moderator) - Environmental Justice Commissioner for California Coastal Commission; Vice President of Civic Engagement and economic partnerships, USC

CLICK HERE to watch the video for "Climate Forward 2021- Day 1: Climate Justice Roundtable 4/19/2021". 

In partnership with the USC Staff Assembly Environment and Safety Committee, Office of Sustainability, USC Dornsife Environmental Studies Program, USC Employee Gateway, and Unruh Associates.

The discussion will be live-streamed on the CPF Facebook page. Email for questions.

More details to be announced. 

Event Type

Lecture / Talk / Workshop


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus


humanities, Politics, Dornsife, Wrigley Institute, POIR, cpf, USC_Earth

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