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Speaker Series: Environmental Hazards, Offshore Wind Energy, and Children’s Rights

Speaker Series: Environmental Hazards, Offshore Wind Energy, and Children’s Rights

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Humboldt State University’s Sustainable Futures speaker series (SFSS) kicks off January 27 at 5:30 p.m. with Jill Lindsey Harrison, author of “From the Inside Out: The Fight for Environmental Justice within Government Agencies.” Plus, Alison Bates, who will share research on the social acceptance of offshore wind energy, and Andrea Rodgers, who will discuss on children’s fundamental rights, the climate crisis, and the call for judicial branch engagement.

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Sustainable Futures Speaker Series will feature (from left-to-right) Jill Lindsey Harrison and Alison Bates.

Humboldt State University’s Sustainable Futures speaker series (SFSS) opens on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 5:30 p.m. with Jill Lindsey Harrison, author of From the Inside Out: The Fight for Environmental Justice within Government Agencies.

Harrison will present key findings from her book, which lifts the veil on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other environmental regulatory agencies to offer new insights into why they fail to reduce harmful toxics and other hazards in our nation’s most environmentally overburdened and vulnerable communities. Harrison is a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, whose research focuses on  environmental justice, environmental politics, and immigration politics.

On Thursday, March 3 at 5:30 p.m., Alison Bates will share research she has conducted over the last decade on the social acceptance of offshore wind energy, and how conceptualizations of “community” and a “just” energy transition have evolved over that time.

Bates is a Colby College professor in environmental studies. She studies the social acceptance and justice of renewable energy systems. The federal government will soon award the first offshore wind leases for the Pacific coast. They will be located in Humboldt Bay. Bates’ expertise with offshore wind decision-making processes and their impacts on marginalized communities is very timely for the North Coast.

SFSS will close out on April 28 5:30 p.m. with a presentation by Andrea Rodgers on children’s fundamental rights, the climate crisis, and the call for judicial branch engagement. Rodgers is a senior litigation attorney at Our Children’s Trust, where she serves as counsel on several climate-related lawsuits filed by youth plaintiffs, including Juliana v. United States, Aji P. v. State of Washington, and Reynolds v. State of Florida. Rodgers will examine how children and youth have sought protection for their fundamental rights through the courts and where we stand today.

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The Spring 2022 Sustainable Futures speaker program is now being offered online. All events are open to the public and free of charge. All talks can be viewed online with live captioning. To request additional support, please contact schatzenergy@humboldt.edu or call 707-826-4345.

Register for all events to get more information and register at schatzcenter.org/speakers.

The SFSSwas established to encourage interdisciplinarity in the study of energy, the environment and society. The Schatz Energy Research Center sponsors lectures. HSU’s Environment & Community program and the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences.

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