People's Climate Justice Summit Program



777 First Avenue at E. 44th Street
New York, NY 10017


John L. Tishman Auditorium / University Center
63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100
New York, NY 10011

Auditorium at Alvin Johnson / J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011

Orozco Room at Alvin Johnson / J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12th Street, Room A712
New York, NY 10011


Program Agenda: MONDAY, SEPT. 22, 2014




At the Church Center for the UN

777 1st Ave @ E. 44th St

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Speakers: Elizabeth Yeampierre, UPROSE (United States) Alberto Saldamando, Human/Indigenous Rights Attorney (United States), Berenice Sanchez, Frente de Pueblos Indigenas en Defensa de la Madre Tierra (México), Moderator: Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network (United States)
Environmental justice and indigenous leaders will kick off two days of events at the United Nations Church Center. Day One of the Peoples Climate Justice Summit will focus on the false promises promoted by corporations and industrialized nations. This panel will focus on efforts that commodify nature and systems of carbon trading.
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speakers: Bryan Parras, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services - TEJAS (United States), John Fenton, Rancher Pavilion Wyoming (United States), Rachel Smolker, BioFuel Watch (United States), Desmond D’sa, South Durban Community Environmental Alliance - SDCEA (South Africa), Robin Lebeau, Cheyenne River Sioux, Mnicoujou Band (United States) Moderator: Wes Gilllingham, Catskill Mountainkeeper (United States)
As the world scrambles to deal with the impacts of climate change the dirty Industries responsible for the bulk sources of greenhouse gases scramble to keep us addicted to these polluting energy sources.

This panel looks at some of the dirty energy practices that feed climate change, destroy ecosystems, and devastate communities. We’ll hear reports from people on the frontlines of fracking, pipelines, refineries, and tar sands and find out what they’re doing to fight back.


At the New School

Alvin Johnson / J.M. Kaplan Hall Auditorium
66 West 12th St

*Live stream from the Church Center will be viewable 
at the Orozco Room (Room A712).
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Speakers: Meena Rahman, Third World Network (India), Maxine Combes, ATTAC (France), Maureen Santos, Heinrich Böll Foundation (Brazil), Moderator: Janet Redman, Institute for Policy Studies (United States)
An international panel will offer insight into the conversations that will take place at the UN Climate Summit, and discuss social movement strategies as we head to the next round of climate negotiations in Lima (December 2014) and Paris (December 2015).
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Speakers: Jorge Tadeo Vargas, Revuelta Verde (México), Elise Estronioli, Movement of People Affected by Dams (Brazil), Christophe Aguiton ATTAC (France), Moderator: Ananda Lee Tan, Global Network for Incinerator Alternatives (Canada)
Not long ago, political leaders and corporations were saying climate change wasn’t a problem. Now, that the science on global warming is accepted as real and its impacts are being felt, some governments and corporations are scrambling to claim leadership on the issue. Desperate to avoid regulation and commitments to cut emissions at source (and in many cases, attempting to cash in on the crisis), they’re presenting a dizzying array of “false promises” and quick fixes that perpetuate inequalities, ecological destruction, and extreme energy development. At home in the U.S., and globally at the U.N. climate negotiations, governments are formulating policies that threaten to enshrine these false solutions. Join us for a critical conversation of some of the worst of the worst, including testimony from the front line of destructive dams, extreme energy development, carbon markets, and the’ financialization’ of nature. Participants will also consider whether emerging US climate rules like the Clean Power Plan and negotiations for a 2015 global climate treaty in the UNFCCC are steering us toward real solutions or dangerous distractions, and how to bring the power of social movements to keep real solutions on track.
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speakers: Antolin Huáscar Flores, Confederación Nacional Agraria (Peru), Dena Hoff, La Via Campesina North America (United States), Moderator: Mamadou Goita, IRPAD Africa (Mali)
This panel will debunk the myth of Climate Smart Agriculture as a solution, and explain how and why the movement for Food Sovereignty is a true solution to climate change. Local, national and international panelists will describe current struggles for Food Sovereignty, activities and strategies leading to the upcoming UN Climate Summits in Peru and Paris.
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Special Evening Event Hosted by the New School (get more info)
Moderator: Tom BK Goldtooth (Dine’/Dakota), Indigenous Environmental Network/PCJS National Coordination Team of the Climate Justice Alliance, Minnesota, USA. 
Followed by Indigenous Women Defenders of Mother Earth – of the Western Hemisphere: 
• Jeanne Shenandoah (Onondaga Nation), member of the Eel Clan, organizer with Onondaga Nation and Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and affiliated with the Traditional Chiefs and Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force, New York; 
• Patricia Gualinga Montalvo (Kichwa) indigenous leader from the Sarayaku village in the Amazon, Ecuador; 
• Kandi Mossett (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara Nation), IEN Indigenous Energy & Climate Campaign, Montana/North Dakota, USA; 
• Crystal Lameman (Beaver Lake Cree Nation-Treaty 6), Climate & Energy Campaigner, Prairie Chapter, Sierra Club, Alberta, Canada; 
• Casey Horinek-Camp (Ponca), traditional Drumkeeper for the Ponca Pa-tha-ta, Woman’s Scalp Dance Society and spokesperson of the Indigenous Environmental Network, White Eagle, Oklahoma, USA; 
• Gloria Hilda Ushigua Santi (Sápara), indigenous leader from the remote village of Sápara people of Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, Ecuador; 
• Josephine Mandamin (Anishinaabe), Wikwemikong Elder, founder of the Mother Earth Water Walk and member of the Three Fires Lodge of the Midewiwin Society, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
Indigenous peoples have consistently reaffirmed their responsibility to speak for the well-being of Mother Earth, nature and future generations of all Life. There is a direct relationship between the expansion of fossil-fuels and extreme energy development within the homelands of Indigenous peoples in the global South and in the North, and the link to climate change. These Indigenous women speakers, as defenders of the sacredness of Mother Earth, come from indigenous communities that have borne the brunt of destructive energy and disproportionate social, cultural, spiritual, environmental and climate impacts. Indigenous peoples have the solutions to the climate crisis through their Indigenous ingenuity – Indigenuity – inspired by their ancient inter-generational knowledge and wisdom.

Program Agenda: TUESDAY, SEPT. 23, 2014



At the Church Center for the UN

777 1st Ave @ E. 44th St

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
• Dr. Robert Bullard, Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University
• Lisa Garcia, Friends of the Earth
• Jeremy Brecher, Labor Network for Sustainability
• Rex Varona, Global Coalition on Migration
• Rosa Guillen, World March of Women
• Julia Olson, Our Children’s Trust
Hear hard-hitting testimonies from affected peoples around the globe as we indict political leaders and corporate polluters for their failure to protect our health, communities and planet. We will hear from those living with the real and immediate impacts of climate change and people living on the frontlines of extractive industries that are contributing to climate change. This event will be livestreamed to the New School Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall as well as available online to anyone around the world. Opening
• Julia Beatty, Center for Social Inclusion
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Climate Change: Place-based
Experiences, Impacts/Adaptation/Migration
• • Laquan Thomas/Andres Felipe Hernandez, Ironbound Community Corporation (United States)
• Cynthia Moices, UPROSE (United States)
• Beryl Thurman, North Shore Waterfront Conservancy - Staten Island (United States)
• Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Earth Guardians (United States)
• Mamadou Goita, Institute for Research and the Promotion of Alternatives in Development, (Mali)
• Antolin Huáscar Flores, Confederación Nacional Agraria (Peru)
• Representative, Black Urban Growers (United States)
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Corporate Root Causes to Climate Change
• • Patricia Gualinga Montalvo, Kichwa leader, Sarayaku, Ecuadorian Amazon (Ecuador)
• Jihan Gearon, Black Mesa Water Coalition (United States)
• Kelsey Julian, Our Children’s Trust (United States)
• Katherine Eglund, NAACP Gulf Port Chapter (United States)
• Venancia Cruz Jimenez, Movimiento Indígena Santiago de Anaya (México)
• Alex Cardoso, Movement of Recyclers/Catadores – MNCR (Brazil)
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The People Face the Tribunal- Statements and Decision by Judges
• • Damaris Reyes, Good Old Lower East Side (United States)
• Miriam Miranda, Organizacion Fraternal Negra Hondurena - OFRANEH (Honduras)
• Stanley Sturgill, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (United States)
• Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Cree, Greenpeace (Canada)
• Mithika Mwende, Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance, Kenya (Nigeria)


At the New School

John L. Tishman Auditorium
63 Fifth Ave, Room U100
*Live stream from the Church Center will be viewable 
at the Alvin Johnson / J.M. Kaplan Hall Auditorium located at 66 West 12th Street.
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Speakers: Casey Camp, Ponca Tribe (United States), Michael Leon Guerrero, Climate Justice Alliance Our Power Campaign (United States), Lidy Nacpil, Jubilee South Asia Pacific on Debt and Development (Philippines), Sandra Van Niekerk, Public Services International (South Africa), Moderator: Juliet Rousseau, Bizi, Alternatibas Process (France).
In the face of climate change, communities everywhere are experimenting with new and time-tested approaches to energy, waste, transit, and the provision of peoples’ needs that protect people and the planet. But to counter the systemic causes of the climate crisis and meet the scale of the problem, movement forces are also developing bold proposals for systemic alternatives. Join us for an exploration of new economic, organizing and worker-centered models that could help us all weather the storm as we build the next economy together.
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Speakers: Al Weinrub, Local Clean Energy Alliance (United States), Monica Wilson, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (United States), Juan Camilo Osorio, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (United States), Beth Grimsberg (Brazil), Rosa Miranda, Bus Riders Union (United States)
Confronting the climate crisis effectively – and building a climate movement strong enough to do so – will require us to take on the social, economic, and political inequities that have allowed the dirty energy economy to persist. And we must address these issues with a particular lens focused on how these systems have led to communities of color and low-income communities bearing the brunt of climate impacts. While we fight against the old energy economy rooted in inequity, we must continue to build a better and stronger vision that can both can work for all of us and is led by communities most marginalized and impacted by climate change. This requires a just transition from the old to the new. A transition into a new economy rooted in the foundation of racial and social justice, invested in people and the planet, and on that is regenerative and life giving. To do so, we must begin to think intersectionally and build cross-sectoral alliances for making change. From transit to energy, in this panel and conversation, participants will learn from people who are envisioning a just transition and building towards a more sustainable and just future.


We would like to thank the following for making the People’s Climate Justice Summit possible:

Special Acknowledgements


Ana Baptista, PHD
The New School, Milano School of International Affairs,
Management and Urban Policy
Reverend Kathleen Stone
Office of Economic and Environmental Justice,
United Methodist Women


CJA Peoples Climate Justice Summit Planning Committee


Cynthia Mellon (Convenor),
Ironbound Community Corporation
Saulo Araujo, Why Hunger?
Eddie Bautista, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance
Julia Beatty, Center for Social Inclusion
Jeremy Brecher, Labor Network for Sustainability
Marjorie Childress, CJA Our Power Campaign
Natasha Dwyer, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance
Armando Gaeteniello, Institute for Policy Studies
Anthony Giancantarino, Center for Social Inclusion
Wes Gillingham, Catskill Mountainkeeper
Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network
Michael Leon Guerrero, CJA Our Power Campaign
Carlos Marentes, La Via Campesina North America
Sara Mersha, Grassroots International
Michael Molina, Ironbound Community Corporation
Kandi Mossett, Indigenous Environmental Network
Colin Rajah, Global Climate Migration
Janet Redman, Institute for Policy Studies
Ananda Lee Tan, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives
Cindy Wiesner, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
Monica Wilson, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives
Elizabeth Yeampierre, UPROSE


For Their Financial Support of the Our Power Campaign:
Brach Family Foundation
Catalog Choice Foundation
Chorus Foundation
Common Counsel Foundation
Compton Foundation
Earth Island Institute
Friends of the Earth USA
Greenpeace USA
Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
Kresge Foundation
Mertz Gilmore Foundation
Overbrook Foundation
Pink House Foundation
Solidago Foundation
Swift Foundation


The Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) is a national alliance of frontline communities forging a Just Transition away from an extractive energy economy to local, linked and living economies. In 2013, CJA launched the Our Power Campaign (OPC) to unite communities fighting extractive industries around a common vision and strategy – to transition the economy in ways that reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the source, restore equity, and put decision-making in the hands of communities.