Environmental and Justice movement values in the Trump Era. What do we do now?

Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Contact: Kimberly Kahn · kjkahn@loyno.edu · 504-865-2599

Location: Nunemaker Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Monroe Hall

Loyola University New Orleans welcomes environmental activist and Emmy award-winning director Josh Fox to lead a discussion on the fight to improve environmental justice at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, in Nunemaker Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Monroe Hall, 6363 St. Charles Ave. The event is free and open to the public. There is free parking in the west road parking garage. 

The discussion will explore a variety of topics from what kind of policy is expected under the new presidential administration to ways in which the community can become better environmental advocates. Fox will guide attendees through these topics and answer questions about his films and the fight to improve environmental policy in this new era.

“As we exit 2016 as the hottest year on record, it becomes more vital than ever to engage in the topic of environmental justice,” said Dr. Craig Hood, Director of the Environment Program at Loyola. “New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast is directly threatened by the impacts of climate change and the societal policies that are and are not supported.   All Environmental challenges are interdisciplinary in nature, they touch and have feedbacks on the physical, ecological, social, political and cultural fabric of every community.   Loyola University New Orleans is honored to host Josh Fox, a visionary artist who stands at the forefront of this critical cause, leading our community in this discussion.”

Fox visits Loyola at the invitation of the university’s Interdisciplinary Environment program. Drawing on Loyola’s commitment to social justice and the “natural laboratory” that is New Orleans, our proximity to coastal wetlands, this collaborative learning program offers four undergraduate majors and a minor: Environmental Science, Environmental Science (Teaching Certification), Environmental Studies (Humanities), Environmental Studies (Social Sciences), and a minor in Environmental Studies. 

Short Bio: 

Josh Fox is best known as the Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning writer/director of the award-winning films GASLAND, Parts I and II as well as his most recent film, How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016 and won the Environmental Advocacy Award at the Washington DC Environmental Film Festival. Fox is internationally recognized as a spokesperson and leader on the issue of fracking and extreme energy development.

Josh has toured to over 350 cities giving speeches, lectures and question and answer sessions with his environmental film work. As a national spokesman on the issues of the contamination resulting from fossil fuel extraction, Josh has appeared on the Daily Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, The Keith Olbermann show, PBS Now, CNN, Democracy Now, he has regularly on MSNBC making frequent appearances on The Chris Hayes shows (Up and All in), on The Ed Show, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Morning Joe, Melissa Harris-Perry, Alex Wagner, Tamron Hall, Dylan Ratigan he has been on CBS and NBC nightly news as well as numerous other TV and radio appearances.

Fox is the recipient, along with Michael Pollan and Alice Walker, of the 2010 Lennon-Ono Grant for Peace, created by Yoko Ono to honor her late husband John Lennon’s dedication to peace and commitment to the preservation of human rights. Josh Fox was one of four recipients selected based on their courage and commitment to peace, truth, and human rights. 

To learn more about Josh Fox and his movies go to: http://blueflowerarts.com/artist/josh-fox/ 

Co-sponsored by Environment Program, Divest Loyola, and SGA