Session III: Uncharted Waters: Climate Justice Amidst Compound Crises Today

Structural inequities in America have been systematically ignored for too long, with the pandemic as the latest tragic example. Life in a changing climate could look even worse. Additionally, the same financiers and business people who profited from pollution stand to be the biggest profiteers in climate solutions. We must face our growing challenges together and examine the need for justice to address income disparities, health disparities, rural communities, workers and more.

Vanessa Hauc
Senior Correspondent
Noticiero Telemundo

About Vanessa:

Vanessa Hauc is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and senior correspondent for Noticias Telemundo. From social, cultural and political events to natural disasters, Vanessa has been a valuable source of information for U.S. Hispanics, reporting the news from right from where it happens. From Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and Matthew in Haiti, to the earthquakes in Chile and Japan, to the Chilean miners’ rescue, Vanessa has covered the story. Recently she travelled to Rome to lead a conversation between Pope Francis and children from six countries affected by natural disasters. Her passion for environmental issues inspired her to create the “Alerta Verde” segment to inform and educate the community about the importance of protecting our planet. This segment was widely recognized and, due to its popularity, Telemundo adopted the concept as a company, putting itself at the forefront in the effort to disseminate information about the environment. Vanessa is the...
Nicole Horseherder
Executive Director
Tó Nizhóní Ání

About Nicole:

Nicole Horseherder is Diné (Navajo) and executive director of Tó Nizhóní Ání (“Beautiful Water Speaking”) which works to protect the environment, land, water, sky and people of her tribal homeland in the Black Mesa region (Dził Yijiin) of Navajo Nation. Nicole’s climate advocacy work has been widely featured on NPR, PBS, and elsewhere. In 2019, Nicole was recognized by Elle magazine as one of the world’s leading female voices in the fight against anthropogenic climate change. Nicole holds a masters of arts in linguistics from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Nicole’s was raised by her grandparents. Both grandparents practiced a traditional life of ceremonies, ranching, farming, and Nicole has continued to follow the traditions of her people — traditions which inform her work as an activist. Currently, To Nizhoni Ani, under Nicoles leadership, is focused on transition efforts for the Navajo (Diné) Nation, which is impacted...
Tia Nelson
Climate Change Program Director
Outrider Foundation

About Tia:

Tia is internationally recognized as a tireless champion for environmental stewardship and climate change education. She spent 17 years with The Nature Conservancy in government relations, as a policy advisor for Latin America, and later as the first director of the Global Climate Change Initiative. For this work, she received the EPA’s Climate Protection Award in 2000. Tia returned home to Wisconsin to serve as Executive Secretary to the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, which included a gubernatorial appointment as co‐chair of Wisconsin’s Task Force on Global Warming. She directs Outrider Foundation’s climate program.
Sacoby Wilson Ph.D., M.S
Associate Professor
Applied Enviro Health (MIAEH) Univ. of Maryland

About Sacoby:

Dr. Sacoby Wilson is an Associate Professor with the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Maryland-College Park. Dr. Wilson has over 15 years of experience as an environmental health scientist in the areas of exposure science, environmental justice, environmental health disparities, community-engaged research including crowd science and community-based participatory research (CBPR), air pollution studies, built environment, industrial animal production, climate change, and community resiliency. He works primarily in partnership with community-based organizations to study and address environmental justice and health issues and translate research to action. Dr. Wilson is also Director of the Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health (CEEJH) Initiative. CEEJH is focused on providing technical assistance to communities fighting against environmental injustice and environmental health disparities in the DMV region and across the nation including projects in Bladensburg, Maryland, Langley Park, Maryland, Uniontown, Alabama, Mebane, North...