Climate Justice

This webinar with the Sustainable Libraries Initiative will explore the disproportional impacts of climate change on systematically oppressed communities.

Climate justice recognizes the disproportional impacts of climate change on the people and places least responsible for the problem: systematically oppressed communities and communities of color. Libraries that approach climate action through the lens of climate justice can accelerate necessary work in communities to ensure all are heard in disaster preparedness and emergency management work. Learn how to think like a 21st century economist and how libraries can help lead the way to a just transition of our communities to strengthen community resilience and livability not just in the aftermath of climate change-driven disasters, but well before they ever happen.

Presented by:

  • Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (MLS, LEED AP), Executive Director, Mid-Hudson Library System (NY), Co-founder/Current President, Sustainable Libraries Initiative (SLI), and author
  • Michaela Porta, Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) Coordinator, New Canaan Library (CT)

NOTE: 90-minute session

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03 October 2023


2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]

Webinar presenter Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

Webinar presenter Michaela Porta