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Mobilizing the International Environmental Justice Movement

Mobilizing the International Environmental Justice Movement

Student Voices: A discussion series by students, for students.

Thursday, April 15, 2021
5:00 PM (Pacific Time)
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As the biggest threat our generation is likely to face, climate change presents a variety of challenges to the global community. Since communities of color around the world disproportionately bear the consequences of climate change ("the wrong complexion for protection", some have argued), how can countries cooperate to develop more equitable mitigation strategies? And in what ways can individuals direct their activism towards such a seemingly intractable problem?

Join us as we welcome Robin Happel, Global Goals Ambassador for the United Nations Association USA, for a conversation about environmental justice — where it took root, how it relates to the broader climate action movement, and the ways its members across the globe champion a more inclusive approach to climate policy. 

This event is hosted by the UCLA Burkle Center interns and co-sponsored by the United Nations Association at UCLA, which you can learn more about here.



Robin Happel is an environmental law student at Yale University. Originally from east Tennessee, Ms. Happel is deeply passionate about environmental and climate justice, and she is helping to ensure a just transition to clean energy for her coal country community and other frontline communities around the world. Throughout law school, she has collaborated both with Pacific Islands Students Fighting Climate Change on emerging climate litigation pathways and with Divest, Invest, and Protect on climate risk and indigenous rights issues. Ms. Happel previously worked with the Bronx Zoo, the UN Environment Programme Major Group of Children and Youth, the Clean Cooking Alliance, and other NGOs devoted to sustainable development. She has also represented the UN Association at the 2020 High-Level Political Forum, the UN Youth Climate Summit, and the Global Climate Action Summit.



Student Voices is a by-students/for-students discussion series that provides smaller spaces for students to engage with experts on issues spanning international relations. Each event is organized by the Burkle Center interns in partnership with an international relations organization on campus.

Sponsor(s): Burkle Center for International Relations, United Nations Association at UCLA