SCECon21 Workshops


PAST EVENTS


Reflections on Environmental Activism with Circularity | April 25th at 11:30am PT

During this event, the founders of Circularity, an upcoming multimedia environmental justice platform will walk through a series of reflections and challenges to recenter and reevaluate our understanding of what environmental activism is. We will be learning about BIPOC activists that preceded us, considering our own identities and privileges in the context of the climate crisis, and taking some direct actions within our communities.

Institutionalizing Intersectional Environmentalism in Higher Ed: Reflection, Challenges and Hope | April 17th 3pm PT

This presentation will chronicle the ongoing student-led efforts to bring sustainability and environmental justice education to the Haas School of Business. We will be learning about the case for solutions-based and interdisciplinary environmental education, exploring the challenges of pushing for new curriculums, and inviting participants to think about how they can bring environmental justice principles into their spheres of influence. We plan for this to be a space where we reflect and share the frustrations we have with this process so far and mobilize people to join us in this push for sustainability at Haas. We hope to address the intersection of business and environmental education to equip Haas students with an intersectional environmental lens and equip CNR students with the business acumen to bring their environmental knowledge.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in the Outdoors | April 9th at 11am PT

UCSB’s Making Adventer Possible for All Students (MAPAS) workshop seeks to expand conceptions of inequality and the outdoors by creating a space for historical and contemporary understandings of nature and the environment and how BIPOC groups have been excluded from these spaces. We are excited to invite participants to exchange ideas to move towards progress, and to be engaging, respectful, and open within our discussions.

How Some College Funders Fuel Climate Misinformation and Environmental Racism| April 8th at 12pm PT

Could your school be contributing to climate misinformation or deregulation? Learn how dark money donors are using higher education for corporate gains that harm Black and brown communities by polluting their land, air, and water.
This session will look at the advancing racial justice and ending fossil fuels. We’ll make the connection between petroleum chemical billionaire Charles Koch, his funding of higher ed research centers, and how it all impacts environmental racism.
For more information about UnKoch My Campus: unkochmycampus.org
Structural Change: https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2018/10/the-koch-networks-integrated-strategy-for-social-transformation/http://www.learnliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/CreatingYourPathToAPolicyCareer.pdf
https://polluterwatch.org/charles-koch-university-funding-database/
Climate Denial 
https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2014/aug/19/climate-change-denial-flip-flop-public-relations-firm-edelman
foundations who fund climate denial: https://drexel.edu/now/archive/2013/December/Climate-Change/https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2014/01/06/mapping-the-koch-brothers-massive-political-network/https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/exclusive-behind-koch-brothers-secret-billionaire-summit/
Impacts of climate: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/03/environmental-injustice-rising-in-america-minorities-low-incomehttps://www.propublica.org/article/welcome-to-cancer-alley-where-toxic-air-is-about-to-get-worse
https://www.naacp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Just-Energy-Policies-Compendium_NAACP.pdf
The Center for State Policy Analysis (CSPA):  a new program housed by Tufts University, has Koch-linked funding
Center brought Bjorn Lomborg to give a talk on “climate alarmism” as part of the Hayek Lecture Series on February 25th. Despite not having a background in climate science, Lomborg is best known as the author of The Skeptical Environmentalist and Cool It, two books that downplay the risks of global warming. While he does not deny that climate change exists, he makes questionable scientific claims and advocates inaction on government policies that would reduce carbon pollution. He has an extensive history of contradicting himself, has been called out by peers for his “deception” around climate change, had his book, The Skeptical Environmentalist, deemedscientifically dishonest” by the Danish Committees on Scientific Dishonesty, as well as had it poorly reviewed by experts in environmental science. Lomberg is also frequently trotted out as an expert by those pushing climate misinformation, pseudoscience, and climate change denial.
Regulatory Studies Center: The RSC has repeatedly acted as a front for fossil fuel interests with a history of using GW’s name to provide credibility to climate deniers, fossil fuel cronies, and other discredited backers of pseudoscience  

Abolition Ecology: Prisons as an Environmental Justice Disaster | April 7th at 3pm PT

What are the overlaps of environmental justice and prison abolition? This workshop seeks to strengthen community engagement with socio-environmental issues by revealing the larger structures of oppression that influence environmental policy and perspective. This workshop will create a foundation for understanding abolition ecology and how prison abolition needs to be included in the larger fight for comprehensive environmental and climate justice. Attendees will be able to cite specific cases of injustice, as well as identify ways to personally get involved in the lives and community wellbeing of incarcerated/previously incarcerated people.

The Spirituality of Zero Waste: A De-colonial Perspective | April 3th at 1pm PT/4pm ET

In this workshop, people will broaden their understanding of the waste system as well as understand how our material waste is connected to colonialism and capitalism. Specifically, we will discuss how the modern white patriarchal society created the idea of “wasted people or time.” Furthermore, people will have the opportunity to share stories about their own spiritual connection to the material world, and how we each learn to place value on things. This is a way for people to become more in touch (and less dissociated as promoted by modern capitalism) to the physical world around them as links to the environment and spirit.

The Art of Gendered Ecologies hosted by BIPOC Students for the Environment | March 31th at 1pm PT

This session is motivated by feminist understandings of, and perspectives on, human-nature relations to explore how gender mediates experiences of the environment. Further, it aims to create a public platform where students can present and discuss artistic pieces which grapple with issues associated with gendered interactions with nature.
Through this workshop, the BIPOC Students for the Environment hopes to share some pieces of environmental art directly from USFCA’s Global Women’s Rights Forum. Then, we will have a discussion on gender ecologies and the relationship between gender and the environment. Finally, we hope to close out by guiding participants into making their own pieces of environmental art.

Salakniban & Salluadan! From the Bay to the Cordis, Protecting Land Defenders Workshop & Fundraiser | March 27th 2:30pm-4:30pm PT

Did you know that the Philippines is one of the deadliest countries for environmental defenders?In collaboration with the San Francisco Coalition for Human Rights (SFCHRP), the Justice 4 Brandon Lee Coalition (J4BL) and the Students of Color Environmental Collective (SCEC), join us to hear from Chinese-American environmental and indigenous rights activist —and LFS-SFSU alumni— Brandon Lee, and learn about the plight of indigenous Cordillera land defenders he fought alongside until his assasination attempt by Philippine state forces in August 2019. Everyone within our campus community and beyond are welcome, especially those eager to take action for indigenous people and earth protectors in the Philippines!
The Cordillera region in the Philippines has long been occupied and controlled by multinational corporations and the military, ravaging the islands with destructive mining projects, dams, and monocrop plantations that have had devastating impacts on indigenous and peasant livelihood. Indigenous peoples’ ancestral lands continue to be treated as a resource base for profit by the State and private corporations at the expense of indigenous peoples’ self-determination and human rights.
Since the passing of Duterte’s Anti-Terror Law (ATL), the repressive and militarist rule of the Philippine government has only worsened the situation of Cordillera peoples and all land defenders in the Philippines. As state fascism of the Duterte regime and development aggression intensifies amid COVID-19 global health crisis, the Filipino people have not relented in protection of the land and their communities. As environmental, land and climate defenders in the US it is our duty to unite in solidarity with land defenders in the Philippines in their struggle for self-determination and right to land!

The Plights of Native Americans in Southern Louisiana | March 21th at 10:00am PT

This session will explore the ways that Native Americans in Southeast Louisiana are being disproportionately affected by coastal land loss. You will also hear an inspiring story of how Devon Parfait made his way from community college to Williams to do research on how tribes are being affected by this land loss to help his community back home. Chief Shirell will also be there to speak on the issues that face her community and how she is moving the dial forward towards progress in any way that she can.

Introduction to Environmental Justice hosted by Sustainability and Environmental Justice Ambassadors | March 13th at 4pm

This workshop will educate students about environmental justice issues, gear students up to want to get involved in combating these injustices, and then direct them to the right channels to do so. By providing resources to get directly involved and the context necessary for understanding these issues, this workshop will provide opportunities for practical activism and spur student motivation to enact change.
Students will hopefully have learned a lot, feel that environmental injustice happens close to home, and be upset and motivated enough to take action. We hope to educate students on how to recognize systems and the issues they perpetuate. We’ll provide organizations that they can then check out to join the fight for environmental justice.