WE ACT for Environmental Justice
In a WE ACT Minute
The Periodic e-Newsletter of WE ACT for Environmental Justice

January 2010
Coming Up this Friday: The
Northern Manhattan CARE Collaborative Business Roundtable



Friday, January 22, 2010


8:30 am


3rd Floor Shared Conference Room at 215 West 125th Street


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The year 2010 began with a flurry of activity within the environmental justice movement, and at WE ACT. Below are just some of the goings-on that we thought you should know about. We look forward to your renewed partnership with us in this New Year. Thank you so much for your continued support.
Translating Science to Policy - The Complete Conference Report
We are pleased to provide you with a complete report on the January 2009 Translating Science to Policy Conference convened by the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCCEH) and co-hosted by WE ACT for Environmental Justice.  We hope it will serve as a resource for community activists, policymakers, the public, and others working to protect children's environmental health.
At the conference, we reviewed 10 years of environmental health research findings from the Center and other scientists. We also discussed interventions stemming from this research and policies that could reduce and prevent environmentally-related diseases such as asthma, development disorders, and cancer in children living in urban communities. WE ACT Executive Director Peggy Shepard discussed translating community-based research into public health action.  Lisa P. Jackson, administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency and Dr. Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences gave keynote speeches.  The report includes overviews of the keynote speeches, case studies, and policy roundtables.
Special Issue of Environmental Justice Journal Highlights Disproportionate Effects of Global Warming and Pollution on Disadvantaged Communities
Global warming, pollution, and the environmental consequences of energy production impose a greater burden on low-income, disadvantaged communities, and strategies to prevent these inequities are urgently needed. A provocative collection of articles on climate justice presents the global implications of climate change and its effects on human health and the environment in a special issue of Environmental Justice, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The entire issue is available online and can be accessed by clicking here. This special issue was guest edited by WE ACT Executive Director Peggy M. Shepard.
Climate Change: A Civil Rights Issue for Blacks
(Commentary By Julianne Malveaux, published in USA Today on January 8, 2010)

Climate change is more than an environmental issue. It is a human rights and economic justice issue. Why? Because though climate change impacts all of us, different nations, and different communities within nations, experience the effects of climate change in varying ways, some worse than others. Read more...

Haiti Relief

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