ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The National Wildlife Federation lifted up the importance of environmental justice and authentic community engagement during panel discussions at the 113th NAACP National Convention. The NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, made a concerted effort to address environmental and climate concerns at the gathering and to help galvanize members from NAACP’s more than 2,000 units nationwide.
National Wildlife Federation Executive Vice President Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali moderated the “Environmental Climate Justice: Justice 4 Us” panel discussion. He shared valuable information and statistics while facilitating the conversation with NAACP National Environmental and Climate Justice Committee Chair Katherine Egland, Greenpeace USA Chief Program Officer Tefere Gebre, and other panelists from across the country.
Marcus Sibley, director of conservation partnerships for the National Wildlife Federation in the New York Metro Area, moderated a panel on environmental justice and climate change during the gathering’s Roy Wilkins Luncheon. The program was organized by the NAACP National Youth and College Division, and the audience primarily of high school and college members of the organization learned from the esteemed panel how they have the power to address the climate crisis themselves.
New Jersey online publication Front Runner was on hand covering the event, and published the following article “Environment, Sustainability Take Center Stage at NAACP National Convention.”
There is also video footage of youth attendees sharing feedback regarding their panel experience, and that video can be viewed here.
U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh attended and spoke at the event. Sibley, who recently attended the Department of Labor Good Jobs Summit in Washington, D.C., shared his feedback from that event with Secretary Walsh. There was also a conversation regarding the equity provisions the department has now added to their request for proposals process. Sibley also shared the Federation’s appreciation for that measure and for the Labor Department’s dedication to equity and justice.
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