We couldn’t be more excited to announce our keynote line up for the Youth Power Summit 2013! And, see below for an open invitation from the Climate Smart & Climate Ready Conference for a talk on Thursday, April 18th at 7:00 PM the Hangar Theater.


lili-molinaLilian Molina is a Mestiza Environmental Justice Advocate, youth development expert and community organizer born in Honduras and raised in Chicago. Lilian Molina weaves climate justice and social justice into the tapestry of the progressive movement. With over 13 years experience as a community organizer and youth worker, she has worked with young people across class and race to organize around the issues they face at the community level. Her work is deeply rooted in the Principles of Environmental Justice and the work of member-based Community Environmental Justice organizations across the nation leading the trans-local fight for Climate and Environmental Justice.

Recently, Ms. Molina served to inaugurate the Environmental Justice Director position at Energy Action Coalition, the Hub of the Youth Climate Movement, where she supported the development of a shared leadership model between the sons and daughters of the Environmental Justice Movement and the sons and daughters of the Main-Stream Environmental Movement as they work to build a strong, diverse and inclusive Climate Movement. During her 3.5 year tenure at EAC, Ms. Molina wove social justice and equity into the programmatic and campaign work of the coalition, organized the Frontline Community Leadership training at Power Shift 2011 with more than 350 young people from directly impacted communities, coordinated the launch of the Frontline Environmental Justice Fellowship and worked closely with the EPA to develop opportunities for more youth engagement in the federal decision making process. 

schor_photoJuliet Schor is Professor of Sociology at Boston College. Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard University for 17 years, in the Department of Economics and the Committee on Degrees in Women’s Studies. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Schor received her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Massachusetts.

Her most recent book is Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth (The Penguin Press 2010). She is also author of the national best-seller, The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure (Basic Books, 1992) and The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need (Basic Books, 1998). The Overworked American appeared on the best-seller lists of The New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe as well as the annual best books list for The New York Times, Business Week and other publications. The book is widely credited for influencing the national debate on work and family.  The Overspent American was also made into a video of the same name, by the Media Education Foundation (September 2003).

Schor also wrote Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture (Scribner 2004). She is the author of Do Americans Shop Too Much? (Beacon Press 2000), co-editor of Consumer Society: A Reader (The New Press 2000)  and co-editor of Sustainable Planet: Solutions for the Twenty-first Century (Beacon Press 2002). An essay collection,Consumerism and Its Discontents is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2011. She has also co-edited a number of academic collections.

Schor is currently working on issues of environmental sustainability and their relation to Americans’ lifestyles and the economy and the emergence of a conscious consumption movement. She is a co-founder and co-chair of the Board of the Center for a New American Dream, a national sustainability organization.

E_Kelly_PhotoEsteban Kelly is a Jamaican-American educator, community organizer, and radical geographer who makes his home in the City of Brotherly Love.

Homeboy has been devoted to the North American cooperative movement since 1999.  First introduced through his experience in student cooperative housing, Esteban has served NASCO’s Director of Education and Training was inducted into the NASCO Cooperative Hall of Fame in 2011. He is also a worker-owner at Mariposa Food Coop in West Philadelphia and was recently hired as co-organizer of the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy. Homeboy served on the Boards of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, the US Solidarity Economy Network and the Democracy at Work Institute, and is currently a Board member of the National Cooperative Business Association and NASCO.  In 2005, Esteban was a youth delegate to the International Cooperative Alliance Youth Council. Furthermore, he enjoys living in a land trust with his family and friends.

Esteban’s training skills are grounded in his local community organizing work with Philly Stands Up and the Philly Dude’s Collective around issues of transformative justice and sexual assault, gender analysis, and male accountability. Esteban is pursuing a doctoral degree in Cultural Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Since 2009, Esteban has been blogging at Black Maps, reflecting on science & science fiction, feminism, cartography, humor, comics, and Black identity. Additionally, homeboy’s writing has appeared in Left Turn, Whirlwind – Journal of Aesthetics & Protest,  Clamor Magazine, Grassroots Economic Organizing Newsletter, and Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict, and World Order.

Open Invitation from the Climate Smart & Climate Ready Conference: Mark Hertsgaard, Author of “Hot” Living Through the Next 50 Years on Earth” Thursday, April 18th 7:00 PM at the Hangar Theater

Most public discussion about climate change is about as cheerful as a suicide watch, but this attitude is both factually wrong and strategically self-defeating, says journalist and author Mark Hertsgaard, who has reported on climate change from all over the world for leading outlets including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Time, The Nation, Mother Jones, Scientific American, NPR and the BBC.  Although one wouldn’t know it from US media coverage, there is actually a great deal that citizens and governments can do–and are already doing, especially at the local level–to fight climate change.  In what Hertsgaard calls “the biggest climate victory you never heard of,” grassroots activists in the South and Midwest have helped to impose a moratorium on new coal-burning power plants, previously the largest source of US greenhouse gas emissions.  In Africa, thousands of the poorest farmers in the world are sequestering carbon even as they boost climate resilience by growing trees amid their fields of sorghum and millet.  Communities like Cortland and Tompkins Counties, with their abundant intellectual and social capital, should be able to achieve at least as much.  Drawing on his latest book, HOT:  Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth, Hertsgaard will describe best practices and strategies for “avoiding the unmanageable and managing the unavoidable” of climate change.  As a co-founder of the group Climate Parents, he will suggest that parents (and grandparents) have a special obligation to join the climate fight.


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