What is climate justice? Some refer to it as the disparity between the greatest greenhouse gas emitters and those who feel the greatest impacts of climate change, usually countries that contribute the least to the climate crisis. Others define it as the way that climate impacts – severe weather events, sea-level rise, and climatic shifts – will disproportionately impact low-income and communities of color. But what are the roots of the Climate Justice Movement? Some have pointed out that much of it has been drawn from the Environmental Justice Movement, without properly honoring those origins and principles. Where do those of us committed to promoting justice in a world of climate change go from here? This panel hopes to evaluate the complex and nuanced answers to these questions in order to create an equitable and actionable vision of climate justice.

This event is designed as an evaluative discussion of climate justice as a concept and the climate justice movement. It will be both an elevation and a critique of the movement in an attempt to facilitate a larger conversation about what climate justice means and how climate justice can be implemented with intentionality.


  • Gabriela Nagle Alverio​ (Moderator)
  • William Barber III, Director of Climate and Environmental Justice at The Climate Reality Project and founder and director of the Rural Beacon Initiative
  • Jennifer Hadden, Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland,
  • Yumna Kamel, Executive Director and co-founder of Earth Refuge

Event partners include the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, Earth Refuge, the Rural Beacon Initiative, and the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability.

Registration and More information

Duke Ahmadieh Family Auditorium (Gross Hall) + Livestream
Date & Time
Friday, Sep 30, 2022 - 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
Location: Page Auditorium, 402 Chapel Drive
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Location: Field Auditorium, Grainger Hall, Circuit Drive
Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Location: Duke Ahmadieh Family Auditorium (Gross Hall) + Livestream
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm