Tishman Environment and Design Center celebrates Earth Day with events focused on climate justice

Events focus on climate justice in the realms of health, education, community building and public discourse


New York, April 8, 2021 -- The Tishman Environment and Design Center is celebrating Earth Day with a week of events focused on centering climate justice in the realms of health, education, community building and public discourse. During the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified many of the challenges of climate justice. This Earth Week the Tishman Center will explore ideas and work that are transitioning us towards a fairer and more equitable space where all voices and communities are acknowledged, supported and encouraged.

Events are free and open to the public. Registration is required through the links below.

Curriculum of the Anthropocene
Monday, April 19, 4:00 – 5:30 PM (EDT)
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Is higher education preparing students for the world that we are living in and the one that is to come? Join this discussion about knowledge, curriculum, pedagogy and who gets to shape those concepts. This event hopes to spark a discussion around how to frame the climate crisis in education, systemic change and community production of knowledge. The panel will be moderated by 2020 Aronson Fellow Daniela Lam and feature faculty from Parsons and Milano representing different fields of study.

Earth Week 2021 Keynote with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson & Dr. Mia Charlene White
Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 3:00 – 4:00 PM (EDT)
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Join the Tishman Center for the Earth Week keynote conversation between Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Founder of Urban Ocean Lab and Co-Founder of the All We Can Save Project, and Dr. Mia White, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies in the Environmental Studies Program at the Schools of Public Engagement. This thought-provoking conversation will focus on their work developing creative ways to build community and solidarity, and ways to continue moving towards a world that values climate and environmental justice.

“The World We Need” Book Launch
Tuesday, April 22, 2021, 5 PM (EDT)
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“The World We Need: Stories and Lessons from America’s Unsung Environmental Movement” provides a vivid introduction to America’s largely unsung grassroots environmental groups, which are often led by activists of color and the working class. Collecting interviews, journalistic reports, first-person essays, and artwork, editor Audrea Lim touches on a wide range of topics, including the Keystone XL pipeline, drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and poor sanitation in rural communities, showcasing the racial, socioeconomic, and cultural diversity of the modern-day environmental movement.

Nourishing Communities of Life: Indigenous Resurgence beyond Syndemic Violence & Earth Crisis
Thursday, April 22, 2021, 6:00PM to 7:45PM (EDT)
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This panel gathers voices from diverse key projects from across the Americas that embody real solutions based on decolonizing communal alternatives. Such projects provide real, decolonizing solutions to intersecting crises of health, environment/climate, food and systemic violence, including state and corporate violence. These projects (re)constitute “territories of life” rooted in land-based communal self-determination and based on the revitalization of Indigenous knowledge for Indigenous governance.

Moderated by: 
•Leonardo Figueroa Helland, Associate Professor of Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management, The New School
•Angela Martinez, Director, Amazon Defenders Fund 
•Stephanie Morningstar and Çaca Yvaire (Atakapa Ishak), Co-Directors of Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust
•Neftali Reyes Mendez Oaxacan, Collective for the Defense of Territory / Colectivo Oaxaqueño por la Defensa del Territorio, Oaxaca, co-coordinator of the campaign, Communitarian Alternatives in the Defense of Territories / Alternativas Comunitarias en Defensa del Territorio 
•Jose Gualinga, Kawsak Sacha/Selva Viviente/Living Forest and Frontera de Vida

Offering rigorous programs in the social sciences, philosophy, and history, The New School for Social Research fosters an intellectual environment that challenges orthodoxy, promotes public discourse, and encourages collaboration across disciplines. With more than 75 full-time faculty members, our 10 departments and programs offer master's and doctoral degrees to 800 graduate students from 70 countries. Our interdisciplinary centers and institutes provide further opportunities for deep inquiry and innovative collaborations, particularly at the intersection of social theory, policy, and design. We welcome everyone interested in challenging the status quo and creating a more just world.

Founded in 1919, The New School was established to advance academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. A century later, The New School remains at the forefront of innovation in higher education, inspiring more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to challenge the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The university welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and public programs that encourage open discourse and social engagement. Through our online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence.



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