Tom Goldtooth (Dine’ and Dakota), Executive Director – Tom is Dine’ and Dakota and lives in Minnesota. Since the late 1980’s, Tom has been involved with environmental related issues and programs working within tribal governments in developing indigenous-based environmental protection infrastructures. Tom works with indigenous peoples worldwide. Tom is known as one of the environmental justice movement grassroots leaders in North America addressing toxics and health, mining, energy, climate, water, globalization, sustainable development and indigenous rights issues. Tom is one of the founders of the Durban Group for Climate Justice; co-founder of Climate Justice NOW!; a co-founder of the U.S. based Environmental Justice Climate Change initiative and a member of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change that operates as the indigenous caucus within the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change. Tom is a policy adviser to indigenous communities on environmental protection and more recently on climate policy focusing on mitigation, adaptation and concerns of false solutions.
Bemidji, MN 56619
Tom Goldtooth will be at the 1st annual Indigenous Climate Justice Symposium will be held at The Evergreen State College Longhouse on November 5-6, 2015. It will bring together speakers from Native communities that are working to keep fossil fuels in the ground, by stopping coal terminals, oil trains and fracking, and protecting treaty resources from the threat of climate change. Its major goal would be to get students and youth, particularly tribal youth, involved in community-based climate justice efforts. All events are free and open to Evergreen students and the public (please inform the organizers about any classes that may attend).
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5:
KEYNOTE BY TOM GOLDTOOTH
(7:00 – 9:30 pm)
Indigenous Environmental Network Executive Director:
“The Paris Climate Accord: Will it be a Crime Against Humanity and Mother Earth?”
The Symposium is an outgrowth of the Climate Change and Pacific Rim Indigenous Nations Project at Evergreen, started by the Northwest Indian Applied Research Institute. The Project published a 2006 report for Indigenous leadership, a 2010 community organizing booklet, and the 2012 Oregon State University Press anthology “Asserting Native Resilience: Pacific Rim Indigenous Nations Face the Climate Crisis.” For these publications, see http://academic.evergreen.edu/g/grossmaz/climate.html
The Symposium is sponsored by the Climate Change and Pacific Rim Indigenous Nations Project, and hosted by the Resource Rebels program, with support from the Graduate Program on the Environment, Master of Public Administration – Tribal Governance, Native Programs and Sustainability & Justice planning units, President’s Diversity Fund, Clean Energy Committee, Academic Deans’ Office, and Evergreen programs Engaging with Endangered Northwest, Shipping Out & Writing Home, Caliban & the Witch, Even When Erased We Exist, and Introduction to Environmental Studies.
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You can download an 8.5″x 11″ poster for the Indigenous Climate Justice Symposium
(Nov. 5-6, at the Evergreen Longhouse):