Climate+ Organizing for a Just Transition

by Yale Environmental Law Association (YELA)


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Fri, Apr 22, 2022

12:10 PM – 1:40 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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Thank you to our speakers! Sharon Lewis, CT Environmental Justice Coalition; Kearni N. Warren, Energy Justice Network; Aziz Dekhan, Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs; Annel Cabrera-Marus, Green City Force

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Sharon Lewis is the Executive Director of the CT Coalition for Environmental and Economic Justice (CCEEJ). CCEEJ promotes environmental justice through community advocacy and engagement. She chairs the CT Zero Waste Coalition and serves on the Board of the Climate Justice Alliance, the Rivers Alliance, as well as several environmental working groups convened by the State of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Kearni N. Warren is the Philadelphia Area Organizer for the Energy Justice Network. She is an author, advocate for union and home care worker’s rights, speaker, and founder of The Caregiver Society. Prior to joining Energy Justice Network, Kearni was a political/member organizer and member lobbyist with SEIU Healthcare PA. Working towards a cleaner and safer climate and ending Environmental Racism is more than justice work for Kearni. As a resident of Chester, where the country’s largest trash burning incinerator is located, this fight is not only work related, it is personal.

Annel joined Green City Force in 2021. Prior to joining GCF, she was the Senior Director of Engagement and Programming for the New York Restoration Project. She has over fifteen years of professional experience in economic and community development, poverty alleviation, economic self-sufficiency, environmental justice, sustainability, and workforce development; Annel has worked across sectors – government, private, and nonprofit. While much of her professional career has focused on New York City, she has worked on environmental justice issues in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and workforce development in Memphis, Tennessee. Her passion and admiration for GCF began while she worked at NYCHA’s Office of Resident Economic Development and Sustainability as an inaugural Zone Coordinator focused on the Lower East Side and later the Manager of the NYCHA Resident Training Academy. She has a Masters of Science in Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management from The New School, Milano School for Public Engagement. Annel lives in Queens with her multi-generational family; her husband Peter, toddler Clementine, and mom, Yvonne.
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