Global Environmental Justice Conference 2022


Reimagining Our Collective Future: Advancing Climate Justice,Food Security and Energy Transition in an Age of Uncertainty

Thursday & Friday October 13 - 14, 2022  

Supported by The Graciela Chichilnisky Environmental Fund
in Honor of Natasha Chichilnisky-Heal

The Yale Center for Environmental Justice and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are partnering this year to present the Fourth Annual Global Environmental Justice Conference at the Yale School of the Environment. This year’s conference will focus on the intersection of equitable climate action and sustainable development.   

Climate disruption and international conflict threaten global economies already shaped by the legacies of colonialism and historic injustices. How can leaders in government and policy, NGO’s, the private sector, and grassroots coalitions transition economies equitably and sustainably to meet ambitious climate goals? Is inclusive growth possible? This conference will connect theory and practice to investigate inclusive international development in food and energy systems. Global environmental justice requires local action from the international to the local level. How do we build power with frontline communities to lead change at the local level while shifting economies at a global scale? What role can international development play in shaping resilient systems that do not reproduce the injustices of the past?  

The conference will represent the diversity of this work and the forms it takes across the globe, providing a unique forum for broad, multi-sector discussions.  Policy-makers, scholars, grassroots advocates, non-profit and industry leaders will have opportunities to engage with speakers and a conference network at the forefront of building capacity for a just response to climate change. The hybrid conference will meet at the Yale School of the Environment and online through Cvent.

Keynote Speaker

Olúfẹmi O. TáíwòOlúfẹmi O. Táíwò is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University. His work focuses on Africana and social/political philosophy and emphasizes themes and figures from anti-capitalist, anti-colonial, and Black radical traditions of thought and practice. He is also the author of Reconsidering Reparations (Oxford University Press, January 2022) and Elite Capture (Haymarket Press and Pluto Press, May 2022).

Conference Co-Sponsors

Yale Center for Environmental Justice


Yale Center for Business and the Environment

YSPH Center on Climate Change and Health

Yale Native American Cultural Center

Afro American Cultural Center at Yale

Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration

Yale Sustainable Food Project

Yale University Art Gallery

People and Partners