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Catherine Coleman Flowers – Hudson Valley Environmental Justice Coalition

Catherine Coleman Flowers
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November 23, 2020: 6:00PM to 7:00PM
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Environmental Justice & Environmental Racism are vitally important topics, that require our immediate attention.

This event is hosted by The Hudson Valley Environmental Justice Coalition which endeavors to bring nationally recognized figures to local audiences to speak about environmental justice and the environmental-crisis. They will be joined by Catherine Coleman Flowers in a conversation moderated by Rev. Dr. Gregory Simpson.

Catherine Coleman FlowersCatherine Coleman Flowers is a major force in the environmental justice movement. She is the founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice (CREEJ) which seeks the implementation of best practices to address the reduction of health and economic disparities, improve access to clean air, water, and soil in marginalized rural communities by influencing policy, inspiring innovation, catalyzing relevant research, and amplifying the voices of community leaders

She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Climate Reality Project. She is employed as the Rural Development Manager for the Equal Justice Initiative and serves as a Senior Fellow for the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary. Catherine is also an internationally recognized advocate for the human right to water and sanitation and works to make the UN Sustainable Development Agenda accountable to front-line communities. Her journey is chronicled in her book entitled Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret, which is being published by the New Press this month. Catherine was recently awarded a 2020 MacArthur Fellowship grant for her work as an Environmental Health Advocate. She serves on former Vice-President Biden’s climate “unity task force” along with Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Senator John Kerry.

Rev Dr Gregory SimpsonRev. Dr. Gregory Simpson (moderator) is a scientist and theologian. He holds a Doctorate degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of the West Indies. He was a postdoctoral research fellow in genomic physiology and molecular biology at UMass Medical School and taught chemistry as an adjunct professor at Worcester State University. Later he completed both Master of Divinity (MDiv) and Master of Sacred Theology (STM) degrees in New Testament Bible and Ethics at Union Theological Seminary NY. His scholarship focused on Intellectual Property Rights, Biblical Ethics and Climate Change. He is the Pastor at Nauraushaun Presbyterian Church & Co-Founder of Learning for Life Solutions.

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