Session XIII: Getting to a Just Future: Addressing Climate Disparities

There are a myriad of solutions that address climate pollution, some more equitable than others. In this session we’ll look at how health, wealth, race, gender, and age disparities are–and must–be considered in various climate solutions. Our goals – to ensure that our solutions reverse climate change and create a fair, more just and humane society, and to learn what each of us do to support equitable and ambitious solutions.

James Woodley, BS, MS

About James:

Mr. James C. Woodley, graduated from Northampton County High School-East with honors despite being diagnosed with polio at birth and living in a home of poverty and domestic violence. Mr. Woodley ‘s father was a military veteran and committed suicide while he was in his mother’s womb. He received his B.S. degree in Zoology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). He also obtained his Master’s degree in Biology from Old Dominion University located in Norfolk, VA. Mr. Woodley continued his education at the Ph.D. level in Neurobiology at UNC-CH. However, prior to completing the Ph. D. program, he took a job, as a Biologist, at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, DC. In addition to his environmental biologist duties, Mr. Woodley also addressed work place diversity issues. He has published scientific and environmental documents; as well as, received numerous awards and accommodations for his work....
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...
Carlton Waterhouse
Professor of Law
Howard University

About Carlton:

Professor Carlton Waterhouse is an international expert on environmental law and environmental justice, as well as reparations and redress for historic injustices. He recently testified on the importance of reparations for African Americans before the Inter- American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States. He is a Fulbright research scholar and is a board member of the Environmental Law Institute. His views have been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other media outlets. His scholarship includes essays, articles, and book chapters focused on the ethical and legal dimensions of environmental justice and reparations. After completing law school at Howard University, Professor Waterhouse began his career as an attorney with the EPA, where he served in the Office of Regional Counsel in Atlanta, Georgia and the Office of General Counsel in Washington, D.C. At the EPA, he served as the chief counsel...