Today’s Fossil Fuels and the Future of Our Children’s Health
Friday, September 19
John Jay College, 524 W. 59th St (between 10th and 11th Avenues), NY 10019
Reception with light refreshments at 5pm
Program from 6:00 pm-8:45pm
The program is free but please register as space is limited.
Hosted by John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Sponsored by the Mother’s Project, Climate Mama, The John Jay College Minor in Sustainability and Environmental Justice, in collaboration with the Center for Environmental Health.
Welcoming Remarks: Jane P. Bowers, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of John Jay College
Panel 1: The Science
Dr. Frederica Perera, Professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health.
- “The Multiple Impacts of Fossil Fuel Pollutants on Children’s Health”
Dr. David O. Carpenter, Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences within the School of Public Health at the University at Albany.
- “Health Effects from Inhalation of Volatile Organic Compounds & Reduced Cognitive Function in Children.”
Dr. Sheila Bushkin-Bedient, MD, MPH, a member of The Institute of Health and the Environment at the State University at Albany, The New York State Medical Society, and Concerned Health Professionals of New York
- “How Metabolic Disease is Linked to Early Life Exposures to Chemical Toxins”
Panel 2: The Mothers
Video introduction by Theo Colborn, Ph.D., founder of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange.
Pramilla Mallick, community organizer, journalist, anthropologist and mother of 4 is the founder of two grassroots community groups, Stop The Minisink Compressor Station and Protect Orange County.
- “The adverse impacts and burdens placed upon communities targeted by the gas industry, from the perspective of parents; both successes and failures”
Cherri Foytlin, co-founder of The Life Support Project, is a Native American, journalist, activist and mother of six, who is raising her children in Southern Louisiana.
- “The Gulf Coast – an American Sacrifice Zone”
Panel 3: Policies of Change
- “Harnessing our Municipal Governments – Creating a Constitutional Right to Climate”
Samara Swanston, Legislative Attorney, Counsel to the Environmental Protection Committee of the New York City Council and Adjunct Professor at the Pratt Institute Graduate School for Urban Planning and the Environment.
- “Protecting Children by Fossil Fuel-Free Legislative Initiatives”
Linda B. Rosenthal, New York State Assemblymember, District 67.
- “Current Legislative Efforts to Protect Residents, at the State Level, from Damages inherent in Further Expansion of Fossil Fuel Extraction and Use”
Osprey Orielle Lake, Co-Founder and Executive Direction, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN)
- “Women Leading the Way”