International climate & environmental justice coalition to convene in Newark
Published October 30, 2018 | Manny Faces
From November 1-3, the Humanities Action Lab (HAL), an international coalition of universities, issue-oriented organizations and public spaces, will convene in Newark in an effort to create a traveling exhibition in collaboration with 23 cities across the globe that will spotlight climate and environmental justice issues.
The convening will kick-off with a reception at the Paul Robeson Gallery, where “Olde Soul,” an exhibition by Newark artist Kevin Blythe Sampson, is currently on display. Samson’s work, in tune with the theme of the conference, explores the idea of environmental sustainability.
To follow are two days worth of sessions and discussions examining past, present and future efforts of climate and environmental justice work, exploring such ideas as how design and multimedia can help spark global action, how frontline organizations and students can help these efforts, strategies for increasing general public involvement, and how best to provide local, immersive learning experiences, including arts and technology-based collaborations.
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One such interactive session will take place on the third day of the conference — a “Toxic Tour” of the city’s Ironbound neighborhood — where partner agency Ironbound Community Corporation will highlight examples of environmental injustice and explore how the public and others reacted to these occurrences.
With a focus on local solutions for global problems, the HAL should be well situated in Newark, as residents of the city become increasingly interested the effects of growth and development within the area, and a special session will take place where community leaders and activists, as well as engaged residents, can learn ways in which their local work and advocacy can align with, and benefit from, the HAL project.
The HAL convening is sponsored by Express Newark and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.