Giving voice to the voiceless: social justice and the climate movement

Vien Truong will be speaking at the University of Utah on social justice and the climate movement

Vien Truong will be speaking at the University of Utah on social justice and the climate movement

By Nicole Cox, Sustainability Office Communications Fellow 

At last year’s National Bioneers Conference, Vien Truong asked a provocative question: “How do particulate matters relate to sixteen-year-olds getting murdered?”

The answer: “Because poverty and pollution are deeply connected.”

Truong, whose mission is to get marginalized voices heard on matters of climate justice and environmental health and safety, will be in Salt Lake City next week as the second speaker in Utah Clean Energy’s Trailblazers of Clean Energy speaker series. Join us on Oct. 21 in the Moot Courtroom of the S.J. Quinney College of Law to learn how Truong’s inclusive framework can benefit Utah’s communities by providing the resources for green jobs and ecological resilience.

“Utah Clean Energy is delighted to partner with Vien as a speaker in the Trailblazers of Clean Energy series. Climate change is no longer an environmental issue – it is a social and moral issue, and Vien Truong is one of the nation’s leading experts on addressing the impacts of climate change for those hit first and hardest,” says Brandy Smith, the communications and program coordinator for Utah Clean Energy.

Truong is an environmental justice champion, an eco-advocate, and a nationally recognized activist, which is just the beginning of her experience. She is the national director of the award-wining nonprofit Green For All, which aims to include all voices in the climate discussion and to create an inclusive green economy that is “strong enough to lift people out of poverty.”

Vien’s mission combines both policy and politics to support and to empower the voices of California’s poorest neighborhoods. She works with communities to provide the motivation and resources they need to get involved with local environmental issues. Truong is known as one of the foremost experts in creating solutions for poverty and pollution in the government.

Utah Clean Energy and the Sustainability Office are excited to bring innovative environmental leaders with radical ideas right here to Salt Lake. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get locally involved on clean energy issues affecting all of Salt Lake’s residents and learn how to make ours a more sustainable community.

Speaker Series Details: 7:00-8:00 pm @ S.J. Quinney College of Law, 383 S University Street, $5 per event for non-students, free for students with registration code USUSTAIN

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