Title: Environmental Justice is Racial Justice: From Memphis to Kahuku
Description of presentation: Many regard the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike, Dr. King’s final advocacy while still among us, to be a seed of the environmental justice movement. This legacy, and struggle for racial justice and equality in relation to health, spirit and the natural world, has grown into a powerful movement. Raya will discuss the fundamentals of environmental justice and her experience working with Ku Kia’i Kahuku’s fight for environmental justice on the North Shore. She will also share national context and next steps for federal action.
Biography: Raya Salter is an attorney, educator and clean energy law and policy expert with a focus on energy and climate justice. She is a member of the New York State Climate Action Council, which is developing NY’s plan to reach the nation’s leading climate action goals, and the Policy Director for the NY Renews climate justice coalition. In previous roles she was an attorney for both the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Defense Fund. She started her legal career as an energy associate at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.
Raya has practiced in several jurisdictions, including New York, California and Hawaii and is the co-editor of Energy Justice: US and International Perspectives (2018). Raya worked as a consultant for Henk Rogers, at the State legislature in the Legislative Reference Bureau and enjoyed living in both Kailua and Ala Moana.
Raya sits on the board of directors of the Energy and Environmental Study Institute and the advisory board of Evergreen Action. Her web site is www.RayaSalter.com. Raya is @ClimateAuntie on IG and Tik-Tok and Raya Salter on YouTube and Twitter.