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In Our Backyard
December 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join Environmental Justice Australia for In Our Backyard—a conversation about how we share the burden of pollution, and how Australian communities are fighting to clean up their land, air and water.
How are local people in the Latrobe Valley building a cleaner energy system? Should your postcode determine how much pollution you live with? And how should the law protect families and communities affected by heavy industries? In Our Backyard will bring together local and international speakers who confront these questions in their work and daily life, and who are driven to re-think the answers.
We’re thrilled to host this important public discussion, and hope you’ll come along.
- Lisa Garcia
Lisa Garcia is a lawyer and renowned environmental justice advocate in the United States. During the Obama Administration, Lisa served the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, where she elevated environmental justice issues to the highest levels of the agency. She is now Vice President of Litigation for Healthy Communities at Earthjustice, where she leads groundbreaking and high-impact litigation to protect communities from pollution.
- Chris Barfoot
Chris Barfoot spent 33 years working in coal-fired power generation and mining in the Latrobe Valley, including 18 years at Hazelwood Power Station. After being retrenched from Hazelwood when it closed in 2017, Chris joined the Latrobe Valley Community Power Hub, where he helps develop renewable energy projects in the region.
- Julie Edwards
Julie Edwards is the CEO of Jesuit Social Services, and leader of the global Ignatian Justice in Mining network. She is working to integrate ecological justice into the work of the JSS, including through new research that looks closely at the impact of environmental factors on community well being.