Students for Environmental Justice Conference Aims to Create Change in Local Communities
NYC students in grades 7-12 came together virtually for The Students for Environmental Justice Conference on Saturday, November 14.
The mission of this virtual conference is to empower New York City students to create change in their local communities by building environmental justice literacy and providing tools to dismantle systemic oppression and environmental degradation. Environmental justice describes the intersection between social justice issues and environmental sustainability; it seeks to remedy the inequitable distribution of environmental benefits and burdens in our society.
Students had the opportunity to learn more about environmental justice at workshops led by students and organizations and in thematic conversations with their peers. The keynote speaker, Tensie Whelan, Director of NYU Stern School of Business's Center for Sustainable Business, gave a compelling presentation regarding corporate leadership, climate change, and inequity.
The conference hoped to inspire and empower students to make positive changes in their community and help remedy environmental injustices that persist today. Zoë Lester ’24 described the conference as “a great and engaging way to learn about how different communities are affected more by climate change,” and Mira Gulati ’26, said, “The conference was educational and very enjoyable.” At the end of the conference, students were emailed a toolkit with ideas for action which can be viewed here.
Story submitted by Students for Environmental Justice Planning Committee Member Uma Jeddy ’24