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For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

W: (707) 638-5272
C: (707) 280-8771
andrea.garcia@tu.edu

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

TUC’s Environmental Justice and Public Health Lecture Series: Climate Change and its Impacts on Indigenous Health

 

(Vallejo, CA – September 12, 2019) – On Monday, September 23, Touro University California (TUC) will host the third lecture in its free, fifth Annual Social Justice in Public Health Lecture Series. This year’s focus is on environmental justice and public health examining the ongoing impact of environmental risks on our health.

In the third of this six-lecture series, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, Tom Goldtooth, will discuss how climate change is impacting the health of indigenous communities across the US and beyond.

WHO:  

  • Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network and Co-Founder of Environmental Justice Climate Change Initiative
  • Audience: TUC faculty, staff, students and interested community members

WHERE: Lander Hall, Touro University Campus, Lander Hall Room A-164, 105 Owen Drive, Vallejo, CA 94592

WHEN: Monday, September 23, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. If you cannot make this lecture, below is a list of the remaining lectures and speakers. We encourage you to attend any and all that interest you.

  • 10/7: Climate Justice & Resilience: Jacqueline Patterson, MSW, MPH
  • 10/28: Environmental Justice Struggles from the Frontlines:

Dalila Adofo, GreenAction for Health and Environmental Justice

Andres Soto, Communities for a Better Environment

Emily Marquez, PhD, Pesticide Action Network

  • 11/11: Community Action for the Environment: Equity and Economy: Veronica Eady, JD

REGISTRATION: Lectures are free and open to the public but advance registration is required. To register please visit: tu.edu/socialjusticeseries/.  

AVAILABLE INTERVIEWS/VISUALS FOR MEDIA: Interviews and photos with Mr. Goldtooth, a North American leader in the environmental justice grassroots movement who works within tribal governments to develop indigenous-based environmental protections, as well as faculty, medical/public health professionals and community members in attendance.

WHY: Our attention to environmental health issues is often the result of emergencies: Zika virus outbreaks; Flint, Michigan’s water crisis; Hurricane Katrina. TUC’s School of Public Health is hosting a series of six lectures by nationally recognized leaders in the field to expand our awareness of the ongoing impact of environmental risks on our health through a lens focused on social justice – particularly the disproportionate risks borne by low-income communities and communities of color.

SPEAKER BIO: As the Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), Tom Goldtooh works with various indigenous peoples to protect the environment from contamination and exploitation by strengthening, maintaining and respecting indigenous teachings and natural laws. Since the late 1980’s, he has been working within tribal governments to develop indigenous-based environmental protection measures addressing toxins and health, mining, energy, climate, water, globalization, sustainable development and indigenous rights issues. In addition to his work with IEN, Mr. Goldtooth is one of the founders of the Durban Group for Climate Justice; co-founder of Climate Justice NOW!; a co-founder of the U.S.-based Environmental Justice Climate Change Initiative and a member of the indigenous caucus within the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change. He is a policy advisor to indigenous communities on environmental protection and climate policy, focusing on mitigation, adaptation and concerns of false solutions.

About the Touro College and University System:

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro has 35 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Illinois, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and Touro University Nevada; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: www.touro.edu/news