Viral Inequality and Urban Climate Justice: Reframing Urban Climate Action


This moment requires every city to reframe urban climate action to emphasize remedies for the environmental and economic harm inflicted on communities of color. We have to move toward a zero-carbon economy while simultaneously remedying racial and economic inequality.

Three authors from The American Prospect’s Green New Deal issue point the way. Activist and journalist Julian Brave NoiseCat discussed how Oakland, CA is setting the agenda. Author and award-winning journalist Derrick Jackson spoke on green justice zones and related approaches to urban climate action. Professor and climate author Joan Fitzgerald built on these cases with strategies for decarbonizing and revitalizing low-income neighborhoods to create opportunity. All three reflected on building a national climate justice agenda to support cities. Ted Landsmark, Director of the Dukakis Center, moderated and fielded audience questions.


– Julian NoiseCat, Vice President of Policy & Strategy, Data for Progress; Narrative Change Director, The Natural History Museum
– Derrick Z. Jackson, Fellow in Climate and Energy and The Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists
– Joan Fitzgerald, Professor of Urban and Public Policy, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
– Ted Landsmark, Professor and Director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, Northeastern University


Music: Unity by Kevin MacLeod


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