Climate Action or Societal Collapse?
April 23, 2021
Attention to climate change and climate policy spiked in the past 5 years after receiving national attention as an existential crisis through politicians such as Bernie Sanders, AOC, and public figures like Greta Thunberg, who was named TIME Person of the Year in 2019. Attention also came through proposed legislation such as the Green New Deal which has inspired other countries to pursue their own versions of the bill. With the newly incumbent Biden Administration, how can climate activists continue to keep up the pressure on politicians for real climate justice utilizing direct action?
NYU DC Dialogues hosted a discussion featuring Alicia Colomer, First Year Student, New York University, Hope Neyer, Public Health Student, American University, and Mun, Extinction Rebellion NYC Organizer. DC Dialogues Executive Board Member Gabriel Vasconcellos moderated the discussion.
This program was open to everyone. Registration was required in order to receive the Zoom log-in details.
Alicia Colomer, First Year Student, New York University
Alicia Colomer is a first-year student at NYU. She is the hub coordinator for Sunrise NYU, an organization fighting for climate and social justice on campus and around New York City.
Hope Neyer, Public Health Student, American University
Hope Neyer is a public health student at American University in Washington, DC. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, she organizes with ShutDownDC (shutdowndc.org), a space for groups interested in direct action to come together and fight for what matters. Within ShutDown, Hope spends time in the communications and training working groups. Outside ShutDown, Hope is interested in hiking, biking, creative writing and getting covered in mud or paint whenever possible.
Mun, Extinction Rebellion NYC Organizer
Mun, an Extinction Rebellion NYC organizer, is an immigrant and accountant who has been dedicating all of her free time to climate activism. She believes that having a relationship with nature is important in order to stay resilient during these unprecedented times. Extinction Rebellion is a global environmental movement with the stated aim of using nonviolent civil disobedience to compel government action to avoid tipping points in the climate system, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse.
Gabriel Vasconcellos, First Year, New York University (Moderator)
Gabriel Vasconcellos is a freshman in GLS (Global Liberal Studies) and a DMV local having grown up in D.C. with knowledge of our nation's capital culture and its political climate. He also represents the Go Local constituency in the Fall 2020 NYU DC Hall Congress. He is a Brazilian and American citizen with a diverse background and knowledge of different cultures. A proud advocate of progressive and social democrat causes, especially medicare for all, green new deal, and a living wage. Gabriel previously organized & hosted the Presidential Debate Co-Curricular Watch Party for NYU DC. He is hoping to intern for one of the many progressive house members that won seats in the 2020 election during the spring.
DC Dialogues is a student-led initiative created to engage the NYU DC community in key discussions on politics, culture, business, environment, education – and more. Through active participation from the student body, DC Dialogues will convene prominent experts of various perspectives to discuss matters most captivating to students.