Moving Forward on an Agenda to Combat Climate Change

Sep 16, 2010, 12:19 ET from Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Symposium Seeks to Frame New Conversation by Bringing More Than 400 Leaders Together

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In light of extensive scientific research pointing to the especially harmful impacts that climate change will have on communities of color in the U.S. and throughout the world, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies will convene a group of national experts tomorrow to examine the global warming debate and discuss mitigating strategies.  The event, sponsored by the Joint Center's Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change, is aimed at setting the stage for a more inclusive U.S. agenda, with participants exploring ideas on connecting environmental justice with science, policy and practice; on how "smart growth" can scale up equity in transportation, housing and other related areas; and for stimulating trade, investment, technology transfer and development between the U.S. and Africa.


In commemoration of the Joint Center's 40th Anniversary, a "Critical Issues in Climate Change" Symposium is being held by the Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change to spotlight the issues and help frame a new conversation on U.S. climate policy. The Commission Co-Chairs are Ralph B. Everett, Esq., Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and The Honorable Rodney Ellis, Texas State Senate.  For a list of Commission members, click here


Among the experts and scholars who will share their experiences and insights at the symposium are:

  • The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), U.S. House of Representatives
  • Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink
  • Leslie G. Fields, Esq., Sierra Club
  • The Honorable Anthony Foxx, Mayor of Charlotte, NC
  • Sharon T. Freeman, Ph.D., Lark-Horton Global Consulting
  • Lisa F. Garcia, Esq., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Joe Mendelson, National Wildlife Federation
  • Anthony Newton, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Nia Robinson, Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative
  • The Honorable Rodney E. Slater, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Ali Solis, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
  • Michael Sudarkasa, Esq., African Business Consulting and Africa Business Partners
  • Thomas L. Tidwell, U.S. Forest Service
  • Warren M. Washington, Ph.D., National Center for Atmospheric Research


Friday, September 17, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.


Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel

801 Mount Vernon Place, NW

999 Ninth Street, NW, West Ballroom

Meeting Room 146-C

Washington, DC 20001

Washington, DC 20001

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is one of the nation's leading research and public policy institutions and the only one whose work focuses primarily on issues of particular concern to African Americans and other people of color. To learn more, please visit

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