Join us for our first Virtual Environmental Justice Pathways Summit taking place on

APRIL 9th & 10th 2021. Leaders and representatives from frontline communities will join with scholars, students, policymakers, institutions, and NGOs to hold critical conversations around Oregon’s leadership on policies and investments capable of addressing environmental justice concerns across our state. The summit will host renowned national and state speakers, and create space for interactive discussions, workshops and organizational meetings with the goal of creating a collaborative network and policy guidelines dedicated to Environmental Justice in the state of Oregon.

Framing the Oregon Environmental Justice Pathways Summit – 2021:

What are unique and location-relevant solutions for distinct Oregon communities emerging from those striving for Environmental Justice that can reshape the political-economic structure behind injustices in Oregon? How and at what scale should we confront challenges specific to creating Climate change impacts, unequal distribution of costs and benefits, and ensuring a just transition of fossil fuels.


This year we are partnering with Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples (CCIP). This is an annual event that hosts Indigenous scholars, students, and community members to exchange ideas, methodologies and research related to culture, sovereignty and indigenous peoples. It is our hope that this partnership will allow us to further center Tribes and Indigenous voices in the Environmental Justice movement here in Oregon. 

featuring: Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Waiting on Eric for speaker bio

After a traditional Inuit childhood in northern Quebec and a career in education, Watt-Cloutier turned to politics. In 1995, she was elected to the Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC), a cross-border assembly. She played a key role in U.N. negotiations to ban persistent organic pollutants, a class of poisonous chemicals that were building up in Arctic waters. As chair of the ICC from 2002 to 2006, she campaigned relentlessly against climate change — even petitioning the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights with a claim that the U.S. violated Inuit rights by failing to curb emissions.

Today, Watt-Cloutier focuses on one goal: putting a human face on climate change. “Most people can’t relate to the science, to the economics and to the technical aspects of climate change,” she says. “But they can certainly connect to the human aspect.” The key, she argues, is to “move the issue from the head to the heart.”

For more information on Sheila Watt-Cloutier including a detailed biography, awards, interviews, and publications including her book The Right to Be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic, and the Whole Planet (2015) visit


We are partnering with the Center for Environmental Futures to co-host the Emerald Earth Film Festival.

More info coming soon!