The 5th annual Tommy Douglas Institute at George Brown College is pleased to announce Indigenous rights and environmental justice activist Clayton Thomas-Müller as its keynote speaker for Social Justice = ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Rethink! Reclaim! Respect!
If jobs are not green, can they be just? How does the natural world impact our health, education, housing? Must economic growth and prosperity always rest on environmental degradation as we gobble up resources and destroy what’s left? Can we fight for Indigenous sovereignty, gender rights, racial justice, freedom from conflict and violence, sustainable communities and the rights of all humanity without drawing connections to climate change and the environment?
As we stand at the tipping point of irreversible climate disaster and the worst existential crisis to ever face our global humanity, we must make the connections between climate justice and social justice and…
RETHINK our multiple connections and growing responsibilities to the natural world;
RECLAIM our communities and democracies from the omnicidal hubris of a climate change denying superpower and its allies; &
RESPECT the rights of an environment that is inseparable from the rights and dignity of all its peoples.
The one-day event will also feature roundtable discussions, performances, an Environmental Justice Fair and a conversation panel on Connecting Climate Change to Social Change – Educate! Organize! Act!
= Labour & Economic Justice
Jobs & Justice: Moving from Anti-Life Economics to Life-Giving Economies
= Indigenous Rights
Demanding Sovereignty, Defending the Sacred: Aboriginal Resistance & Decolonizing the Earth
= Gender Justice
Our Knowledge, Our Rights, Our Planet: Speaking Truth to Patriarchy
= Food Security & Ecological Integrity
From Seeds to Sustainability: Feeding Ourselves without Consuming the Planet
= Racial Justice
People Before Profit: Resisting Environmental Racism & the Ecology of Capitalism
= Peace, Security & Freedom from Conflict
Crossing Borders, Breaking Walls, Overcoming Division: Affirming Our Commitment to One Another & Sustainable
Unless we stand up for the planet we stand on, how can we stand for anything else?