Environmental Justice in Global Communities
April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Measuring the Impact of Environmental Health on Global Communities
This April, in commemoration of both World Health Day and World Earth Day, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights invites you to this community conversation to explore the intersection of human and environmental health. After a welcoming cocktail reception, guests will hear from nationally-recognized environmental health scientist Na’Taki Osborne Jelks and see rare images from human rights advocate, Zoe Taylor. The speakers will draw the correlation between healthy environments and healthy communities across the globe.
Lauren Tate Baeza, Moderator
In addition to working in museums, Baeza has worked with NGOs and think tanks, leading an environmental initiative in Uganda and consulting with nonprofits that build sustainable groundwater wells, rainwater harvesting technologies, and crop irrigation networks in Kenya. She has authored policy briefs and research on land access disparities and biosafety; and has spoken at conferences, universities, and the USDA about food politics and the gendered impacts of water scarcity.
Na'Taki Osborne Jelks, Environmental Scientist
As an environmental health scientist, Dr. Jelks investigates urban environmental health disparities, cumulative risk assessment, and the connection between urban watersheds, pollution, the built environment, green space, and health. Dr. Jelks co-founded the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA), a community-based environmental justice organization that works to grow a cleaner, greener, healthier, more sustainable West Atlanta through authentic community engagement, organizing, education, community science, and research.
Zoe Taylor, Human Rights Advocate
Zoë Taylor has spoken about rape and sexual assault on high school and college campuses and served on Vice President Joe Biden’s White House Advisory Team on Violence Against Women. She is a public health and human rights advocate who has spent the past year traveling to Burkina Faso, Thailand, Peru, and Ireland to interview women of various cultures about their lives, their health, and their interactions with local healthcare systems. Taylor uses documentary photography and women’s narratives to learn more about and preserve stories of women’s resilience and global community building. She believes in the power of art and storytelling to create more effective public policy in the United States and abroad.