Remember the time we all pitched in to help bring 30 HBCU students and staff to Paris for the global climate talks? That same group of students is hosting a climate conference in New Orleans and they need our help. Donate here to support the HBCU Climate Conference.
Last year, we developed a great relationship with the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Climate Change Initiative. Hundreds of us pitched in to help send 30 students and faculty to Paris for the COP21 climate talks. While there, the students sent a powerful message to Congress about why they shouldn't lift the ban on crude oil exports.1 They also showed the world what frontline climate leadership looks like, because many of them are from communities in Louisiana, Texas and other Gulf States that know first hand the perils of climate catastrophe.
That's why I'm proud that Environmental Action is a sponsor of the 4th annual HBCU Climate Change Conference in New Orleans this month. The primary goal of the conference, "is to bring together HBCU faculty and students, researchers, climate professionals and environmental justice and coastal community residents impacted by toxic facilities and severe weather events to bridge the gap between theory and the experiential realities of climate change."2
This is an important conference in an important city that knows all-too-well the worst impacts of climate catastrophe. But to make the conference a success, we need your help to support these student leaders and activists. Can I count on you to chip in $5 or more to help the conference prepare our future leaders to take on humanity's greatest challenge?
Here's how your donation will help
HBCUs continue to play an important role in the education and preparation of our future climate leaders. Many were founded and developed during post-slavery segregation when higher education options were not open to young people of color. HBCUs continue to do amazing work for more than 300,000 students annually, on smaller budget than the average college or university.
The HBCU Climate Change Initiative keeps is exemplified by their leadership at the COP21 climate conference, and by planning major annual events like this conference. I believe in the mission so strongly, that I'll be there to moderate a panel on how mainstream environmental organizations can act as better partners with HBCUs and frontline communities of color overall.
This is a great opportunity to show, once again, that we stand with frontline communities and rising leaders like the HBCU students. With your help, we can make this year's conference a turning point on climate action in Louisiana and around the world. Please donate $5, $50, or more to the HBCU Climate Change Conference.
Thanks for all you do,
Anthony for Environmental Action
1. Rogers-Wright, Anthony. Climate Justice Youth to Senate: The Ban Must Stand! Environmental Action. November 2015.
2. Deep South Center for Environmental Justice: 4th Annual HBCU Climate Change Conference - Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Experience.