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Regents’ Lecture: Elizabeth Yeampierre

May 3 @ 6:00 pm-7:00 pm


Climate Justice: Building the Path for a Just Transition

Frontline communities from Puerto Rico to Guam and Brooklyn to the Bay not responsible for climate change are facing unprecedented extreme weather disruption while navigating systems bent on maintaining the status quo. The response from those most impacted is a just transition that demands a different kind of governance, different economies of scale and solutions that address renewable energy, food sovereignty and deep democracy while addressing the discriminatory legacy of toxic exposure in our communities. In the climate justice movement we say transition is inevitable, but justice is not. The climate justice movement is intergenerational, matriarchal and leaderful with racial justice and equity at the core.

Part of the Perloff Environmental Lecture Series and the Regents’ Lectures

Promotional Partner: UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy

Elizabeth Yeampierre is an internationally recognized Puerto Rican environmental/climate justice leader of African and Indigenous ancestry, born and raised in New York City. Elizabeth is Co-Chair of the Climate Justice Alliance, a national frontline-led organization, and Executive Director of UPROSE, Brooklyn’s oldest Latino community-based organization. Elizabeth was the first Latina Chair of the USEPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council and opening speaker for the first White House Council on Environmental Quality Forum on Environmental Justice under Obama. Elizabeth has been featured in the NY Times as a visionary paving the path to climate justice. She was named by Apolitical as Climate 100: The World’s Most Influential People in Climate Policy and a recipient of the Frederick Douglass Abolitionist Award FD200.

Recently, she has spoken at Oxford University, the Ethos Conference in Brazil, and the Hague.


This lecture is part of the Urban Planning at 50 celebration at UCLA Luskin.