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What Do We Mean When We Say “Justice”?: Environmental and Climate Decision-making at a Crossroads
How can the next generation of environmental and climate law and policy change the balance of power in the United States? While policymakers have begun to embrace procedural justice, public engagement alone falls short of shifting power to those most at risk. Social movements push us further, calling for systems change that creates new rights and remedies to address past harms and reallocate resources. This talk will explore what decision-making looks like when designed with the needs and voices of frontline communities at the center.

Apr 22, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Amy Laura Cahn
Environmental and Climate Justice Attorney @Conservation Law Foundation
Amy Laura Cahn is an environmental and climate justice attorney. She collaborates with community-based organizations to confront cumulative effects of racial segregation, neighborhood disinvestment, and environmental risk and support community self-determination. Most recently, she has led the environmental justice advocacy for the Conservation Law Foundation, launching CLF’s community lawyering initiative. She joined CLF from the Public Interest Law Center in Philadelphia, where she was a Skadden Fellow and founding Director of the Garden Justice Legal Initiative—the nation’s first urban agriculture law clinic. For five years, she served as legal counsel to residents in the frontline floodplain community of Eastwick in addressing the legacy injustices of this country's largest urban renewal project. A graduate of University of Pennsylvania Law School and Hunter College, she is also a longtime community organizer and co-founder of Lower Manhattan's Bluestockings Women’s Bookstore.