Over the past couple of months, I’ve been recording interviews with the leaders of Buffalo’s 2015 Climate Justice Campaign, which arose in Western New York during the months preceding the Paris Climate Conference and led to the creation of the Climate Justice Coalition. I participated in many of the 2015 Climate Justice Campaign events and I loved how it brought a variety of progressive groups together to take action on a single issue: climate justice.
Here is a list of the Climate Justice leaders that I interviewed:
- Lynda Schneekloth is the advocacy chair of Western New York Environmental Alliance, Professor Emerita at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, former Sierra Club chair, co-founder of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, and a grandmother.
- Jim Anderson is a civil rights activist, the President of Peace Action New York State, and the Vice President of the Citizen Action New York Board of Directors.
- Roger Cook is the Chair of the Issues Committee for the WNY Working Families Party, Sierra Club political committee chair, former director of the WNY Council on Occupational Safety & Health, and founder of the Ecumenical Task Force of the Niagara Frontier, which advocated for the relocation of Love Canal and Forest Glen residents and built the NYS Labor-Environment Coalition.
- Sister Eileen O’Connor is a Sister of Mercy, organizer for Interfaith Climate Justice Community, and has given talks on the Pope’s Encyclical.
- Rebecca Sophia Strong is a contemplative psychotherapist, social artist, yoga teacher, and was the consultant for the Sierra Club Niagara Chapter’s 2015 Rise Up for Climate Justice campaign.
- Agnes Williams is a member of the Seneca Nation, social worker, founding mother and board president of the Indigenous Women’s Network, Standing Rock Buffalo Support Group member, and an activist for U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.