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California Climate Action – Why it Matters to Us All

August 4, 2023   2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern   Virtual

Did you know California has a law banning the sale of new gas-powered cars after 2035? Even further, more than 17 other states are considering similar moves. When it comes to bold action aimed at protecting our planet and communities from climate disaster, how did the Golden State become a trendsetter for the rest of the nation?

Join actor and activist, Jane Fonda, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California, Manuel Pastor, Ph.D., and Co-Director of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), Christine Cordero, for an enlightening and lively conversation about why the future of our climate – and politics – may lie with California.


Meet Manuel Pastor, Ph.D.

Manuel Pastor, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California when he currently directs the Equity Research Institute. Pastor’s research has generally focused on issues of the economic, environmental, and social conditions facing low-income urban communities — and the social movements seeking to change those realities. His most recent book is Solidarity Economics: Why Mutuality and Movements Matter (co-authored with Chris Benner); his previous 2018 book, State of Resistance: What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Means for America’s Future, was lauded in a New York Times review as “concise, clear and convincing.”

Headshot of Speaker Manual Pastor

Meet Christine Cordero

Christine Cordero is Co-Director of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), organizing with immigrants and refugees for a healthy environment and thriving economy. For over 20 years, Christine has strategized, organized, and built coalitions across environmental health and justice, workers rights, and economic and racial justice issues. She is an ordained priest of the Chozen-ji line of Rinzai Zen and trains in Oakland, CA and Kalihi Valley, HI.

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