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Redefining Environmentalism For The Climate Emergency (4/28/19 2pm-5pm)

  • Lafayette Public Library 775 West Baseline Road Lafayette, CO, 80026 United States (map)

** RSVP REQUIRED ** Space is limited at Lafayette Library.

East Boulder County United is proud to host First Nation water protector Waniya Locke and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund’s Thomas Linzey. The presentation and discussion will include local community members and address the most pressing questions of our time.

What does environmentalism mean in an age of climate emergency?

On a national and global level communities are struggling underneath a system that defines our activism for us. It tells us what actions and talking points are acceptable, selects our spokespeople, and narrows the spectrum of what are considered to be agreeable forms of dissent and influence. It is also this same system which is the driving force behind global ecological collapse and climate disruption.

Acceptable forms of dissent are not working and something has to change.

Join us to discuss and explore what environmentalism for the climate emergency can look like, what communities are doing now to build power for people and the natural world, and to craft the ideas behind a new environmental movement.

- Waniya Locke is from the Ahtna Dene, Dakota, Lakota and Anishinaabe tribes. A mother of three beautiful children, she currently resides on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. A former Lakota Language Teacher. “Language is the foundation of any people, it makes us unique and true to our Identity.”

- Thomas Linzey is an attorney and the Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) – a nonprofit law firm that has provided free legal services to over five hundred local governments and nonprofit organizations since 1995. He is a co-founder of the Daniel Pennock Democracy School – now taught in twenty-four states across the country which has graduated over 5,000 lawyers, activists, and municipal officials – which assists groups to create new community campaigns which elevate the rights of those communities over rights claimed by corporations.