Climate Justice: Local Stories, Community Solutions

October 20, 2020 @ 6:30PM — 7:30PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

The 2nd virtual event in our Climate Justice Series

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Join the discussion!

There are currently no tickets available for this event, but you can still make a donation.


How is climate change impacting Arkansans and how can we respond effectively and with compassion to this local and global threat?

Join our four speakers for a live interactive discussion addressing these questions.

After you register, you will receive a verification email with both the Zoom link and call in phone number.

Our individual supporters make programming like this event possible! You can help empower other climate advocates by simply adding a donation when you register.

About Our Speakers:

Sharon Chapman is the Executive Director for Next Step Homeless Services, where she had served as board president. She has a masters in counseling.

While living in Fort Smith for the last 25+ years, Sharon has served on several non-profit boards and has volunteered in the community ranging from work with children to work with the homeless. In her previous work life, she worked as a case manager in area agencies on aging and a case manager supervisor.

Svetla Dimitrova is the Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. She has a PhD in Sociology. Her research interests include Human Migration, Gender Studies, Volunteerism, Social Change and Development.

Fernando Lopez is a member Citizens' Climate Lobby and a senior biochemistry student at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. He will be graduating in the fall 2021. After graduating, he said he plans on pursuing my PhD in chemistry. He wishes to pursue research in nano-chemistry, catalysis, reusable biofuels, sustainable energy, and green chemistry.

Paulette Meikle is an Associate Dean, Professor of Sociology and, and Interim Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. She has a Ph.D. in sociology, a masters of philosophy in geography and bachelors in geography.

She is also a board member of the Arkansas Citizens' Climate League. You can read more about how she became involved with the League here.

About the League:

Empowering individual civic engagement for climate and racial equity solutions takes hard work, education, and funding. That's why we created Arkansas Citizens' Climate League, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

As we shift from gathering to connecting online during these times, we are still committed to providing educational and training opportunities for emerging climate action leaders!

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