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Climate Justice Reception Speaker Bios

Photo of Naomi KleinNaomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, a syndicated columnist and the author of the international bestsellers This Changes Everything (2014), The Shock Doctrine: the Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007). Since This Changes Everything was published, Klein’s primary focus has been on putting the book’s ideas into action. She is one of the organizers and authors of Canada’s Leap Manifesto, a blueprint for a rapid and justice-based transition off fossil fuels. The Leap has been endorsed by over 200 organizations and tens of thousands of individuals, and has inspired similar climate justice initiatives around the world.

Photo of Tom GoldtoothTom Goldtooth is a longtime environmental, climate, and economic justice activist, speaker, film producer, and Indigenous rights leader within the climate and environmental justice and indigenous movement. He serves as the Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, and is a founder of the Durban Group for Climate Justice, the co-founder of Climate Justice NOW!, a co-founder of the U.S.-based Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative and a member of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change which operates as the indigenous caucus within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Photo of Carlos MarentesCarlos Marentes, Sr. is the Co-Coordinator of La Via Campesina North America. A native of the Juárez-El Paso border region, Carlos has been a labor organizer and farm worker advocate since 1977. In 1983, he founded Sin Fronteras Organizing Project to support efforts to improve the working and living conditions of the migrant and seasonal farm workers of Southern New Mexico and far west Texas.He is also the founder and director of the Border Agricultural Workers Project (BAWP), an effort to organize the farm workers of the US-Mexico border, especially the chile pickers, in the fields and in their communities on both sides of the border.

Photo of Jade and text of nameJade Percassi de Carvalho, is a longtime member of Brazil’s Landless Worker’s Movement (MST), working with women and peasants in the movement for land reform.

 

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