BIPOC Dialogue on Climate Justice with Environmental Leader Mustafa Ali and White House Advisor Gina McCarthy at Atlanta Virtual – April 7, 2022

Environmental Justice Leader, Mustapha Santiago Aliwill discuss progress in implementing the Biden-Harris administration’s Justice40 initiative with the White House adviser Gina McCarthy in the second edition BIPOC Dialogue on Climate Justice. Hosted by the HBCU Green Fund and other environmental groups, the two-day virtual event is open to the public and will take place April 7-8, 2022.

The event will include discussions and speeches by Ramon Cross, president of the Sierra Club, we
Representative Raul Grijalva (AZ), representatives from the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council, federal agencies, and climate leaders on the Biden administration’s key accomplishments and next steps in implementing Executive Order 14008: Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, which has pledged to provide 40% of profits from climate investments for disadvantaged communities. The recommendations gathered during the discussions will be forwarded to the federal government.

President Biden has named McCarthy, a leading environmental health and air quality expert, to serve as National Climate Advisor in 2021. She served as an EPA Administrator under President Obama and has contributed to efforts to secure the Paris climate agreement. Ali is a former Environmental Protection Agency official and served as Senior Vice President of the Hip Hop Caucus. He is vice president of environmental justice, climate and community revitalization for the National Wildlife Federation and founder of Revitalization Strategies.

Omega Institute, US ACE Coalition,
Earth Peace Foundation and the BIPOC Climate Scholars Project joins the HBCU Green Fund to call the event. In addition to several small group dialogues, the main discussions planned for the conference are:

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Climate Justice: A Year of Justice40

Mustafa Ali and Gina McCarthy

WHEJACT Justice40 Report Committee

Moderator: Mustapha Ali,

Speakers: Ruth Santiago, EJ Attorney, Miya Yoshitani, Executive Director, APEN.

Federal Agencies Justice40 Advancement

Moderator: Richard Gragg, professor, FAMU

Speakers: Daniel Blackman, EPA Region 4 Administrator, Christopher CoesDeputy Assistant Secretary, DOT

Way Forward: Frontline Justice40 Initiatives

Moderator: Chandra Farley, CEO, ReSolve Consulting

Speakers: Nathanael Smith (video), CEO, Partnership for Southern Equity; Denise FairchildPresident, Emerald Cities; Sherri Mitchell Founding Director, Land Peace Foundation; Jacqueline Patterson, executive director, Chisholm Legacy Project.

Friday, April 8, 2022 (partial day)

Making Justice40 a reality: regional perspective

Moderator: Donna Hope, President, UHope Consulting

Speakers: Kizzy GuzmanExecutive Director, NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice ; Larry Lambert, Delaware House of Representatives; Zacharie LouPEN; Andres JimenezExecutive Director, Green 2.0.

The BIPOC Climate Justice Dialogue is free and open to the public. To register and get a full schedule, go to

Elna M. Lemons