TALL Lecture Series: Bringing climate injustices to the forefront--Learning from the youth climate justice movement

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:15am EST
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Starting Wednesday, November 3, our fall/winter TALL Thunder Bay series explore the dilemma of Climate ACTION: What/Now? Five Canadian experts will join us to discuss what climate action is and what we can do as a society in the face of a climate crisis.

Date(s): Wednesdays

Time: 9:30 am to 11:15 am

Price: $59 (plus HST)

Ellen Field Allie Rougeot holds a megaphone at a demonstration

Dr. Ellen Field and Allie Rougeot
Wednesday, Nov. 17

What is the youth climate justice movement? Does it have a role in formal education? Should it have an impact on policy development? Dr. Ellen Field will discuss key thematic ideas inherent within the youth climate justice movement and the implications for transforming current formal education and policy development in this lecture. Specifically, she will discuss what adults can learn from the youth climate justice movement and will be joined by youth climate activist Allie Rougeot.

Dr. Ellen Field is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University. Her research interests are in policy and practice of climate change education in the Canadian K-12 system. Dr. Field has a strong background in survey development and implementation, educational tool development and stakeholder engagement. She is engaged with Ministries, school boards, teachers and community members, co-leads an online community on Climate Change Education in Canada. She teaches Environmental Education (BEd) and Climate Change Education (MEd) in the Faculty of Education, and has engaged 800 teachers in professional development workshops in the last several years. Ellen is an Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education and co-chair of the Canadian Regional Hub of Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Education (MECCE).

Aliénor (Allie) Rougeot has been a human rights advocate since a very young age, focusing on climate justice since high school. She co-founded the group Fridays for Future Toronto and, with her co-organizers, she led the large youth climate strikes in late 2019. She uses public speaking to raise awareness of the urgency of the climate crisis, discuss the solutions that are available to us as a society, and empower others to join the fight for climate justice. She recently graduated from the  University of Toronto with an Economics and Public Policy Degree and now works at Environmental Defence. For her work, she has been recognized by The Starfish in the 25 under 25 Environmentalists, and by Corporate Knights in their 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leaders.