Midwest Environmental Justice Through Education & Action

Friday April 14, 2023, 2-3:30 p.m. CT

In this session, we reviewed key policy actions that community members and other stakeholders can take regarding climate change and health in the Midwest. This includes considering some of the primary environmental justice concerns that arise in the Midwest region. There was a focus on opportunities in the region, as well as practical applications and next steps for participants. Participants had the opportunity to reflect upon and discuss how these themes could be applied within education and community engagement practices. This community meeting was held in collaboration with the American Geophysical Union GeoHealth Section to encourage collaboration between scientists and educators needed for environmental justice.

Expertise & Facilitation: This session will be led by Rachel Lockadoo, JD, Director of Legal and Public Health Preparedness, Center for Preparedness Education UNMC.

Meeting Goals

  • To review policy actions surrounding climate change and health in the Midwest
  • For educators and researchers to consider where they see places to engage in their courses & community engagement
  • To discuss ideas with people from geohealth expertise, informal, and formal education.


2:00 - 2:05 p.m. CT- Introduction to Joint AGU Webinar & Midwest Climate Educator CoP

2:05- 2:35 p.m. CT- Midwest Environmental Justice Policy & Actions (Acrobat (PDF) 1.9MB Apr19 23)

2:35-3:00 p.m. CT - Small group discussion:

  • What are the Environmental Justice Issues you are interested in addressing?
  • How will you take presented strategies into your work? 

3:00-3:15 p.m. CT- Share Out

3:15-3:30 p.m. CT- Questions, Resource Sharing & Wrap-up