An Indigenous Woman Finds Environmental Law – and Looks Beyond

An Indigenous Woman Finds Environmental Law – and Looks Beyond

I resigned from my position as Quality Assurance Supervisor at The National Food Laboratory in the summer of 2014.  After years of debating my future and doubting my abilities, I was finally taking the plunge and going back to school to achieve my dream of becoming a lawyer for indigenous people and communities of color. As a bi-racial, low-income, first-generation college student, a move like law school and a tough area like environmental law felt completely out of reach. However, I was fortunate and somehow acquired many different mentors at the food lab — their support and guidance motivated me to pursue a legal career. Law school was incredibly grueling,…
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Climate Resilience: We Can Protect California’s Vulnerable Populations from Extreme Weather

Climate Resilience: We Can Protect California’s Vulnerable Populations from Extreme Weather

Does the term climate resilience seem unfamiliar? Consider this: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, devastating floods in South Asia, and the California wildfires.  What do these events have in common? For starters, they all happened during the time I’ve been Greenlining’s Environmental Equity Legal Fellow — just two and half months. The real answer though, is climate change. Climate change contributed to, created the conditions for, or directly caused all those devastating extreme weather events. Scientists warned us for decades that the frequency and intensity of extreme weather would increase along with our planet’s temperature. So, these back-to-back climate disasters should not surprise us, and yet they do. We’ve seen the…
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