Intersectional Climate Justice -- Moving Into Action
A Four Week Course: October 26, November 2, 9, 16
"Environmentalism without class struggle is gardening," said Brazilian activist Chico Mendes, while fighting to protect the Amazon and the livelihood of his fellow rubber tappers. Likewise, environmentalism without racial justice and gender justice misses the point.
In this series, we will attend to voices from the global South at the intersection of climate justice and gender justice. We will watch the film The Ants and the Grasshopper, and reflect on:
who we are -- what gifts we offer and what burdens we carry (such as our relationship to settler-colonialism and white supremacy culture).
what the challenge is -- understanding the impacts of climate change, particularly on the vulnerable communities that are being hit first and worst
how we come together across our differences to overcome these challenges -- our faith will anchor us as we enter into this space. Crisely Melecio-Zambrano will open and end each session with centering prayer. Sasha Adkins will guide a conversation on climate impacts. AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez will facilitate a conversation on the connections between climate activism and racial justice, and Kristin Kumpf will lead us in finding how to move into action.
MEET THE EDUCATORS
Sasha Adkins | Sasha Adkins is a lecturer in environmental health at the School of Environmental Sustainability, Loyola University Chicago and a fellow with GreenFaith. They are the author of From Disposable Culture to Disposable People and their work is also featured in the anthologies Watershed Discipleship and Plastic Legacies.
Kristin Kumpf | Kristin is director of human migration and mobility for the American Friends Service Committee.
Chrisely Melecio-Zambrano | Chrisely is a spiritual director, mother, and member of the L’Arche GWDC community. She is passionate about creating spaces in which belonging and unity are at the center.
Damon Mkandawire lives in Mbereshi, Zambia. He is a minister of word and sacraments in the United Church of Zambia. He is an environmentalist, young theologian and gender justice activist. Growing up surrounded by copper mines, Damon has first-hand knowledge of environmental degradation and its potentially deleterious impacts on women, children, human health and welfare. Damon spent years as an Environmental Officer at the Konkola Copper Mines, one of Africa’s largest producers of copper, and continues to work towards national and international environmental justice and gender justice.
AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez | AnaYelsi offers education, coaching, consulting, writing, and art––all intended to assist people in building an interlocking framework for justice. She works with colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, faith communities, businesses, and individuals that seek to build an accessible and sustainable movement for liberation. AnaYelsi is the founder of En Conjunto—a collective providing support, community, resources, and collaborative opportunities to People of Color working independently at the intersection of justice and spirituality. She is also the Co-Creator of the Digital Dine-In Project – a virtual dining and learning experience bringing people together from around the world.