IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 5, 2019

CENTER FOR ECO-JUSTICE HOSTS ITS INAUGURAL CONFERENCE ON THE INTERSECTION OF WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM, OCTOBER 24 – 26, 2019

DENVER, CO. – The Center for Eco-Justice at the Iliff School of Theology will host its inaugural conference on “The Intersection of Water and Environmental Racism” from October 24 – 26. The three-day conference in Denver will feature leading environmental scientists, activists, politicians, journalists, academics and faith experts.

Several prominent speakers include Colorado’s former Government Bill Ritter, Jr., Flint Democracy Defense League co-founder Nayyirah Shariff, Detroit-based environmental justice activist Michelle Martinez, and University of Denver’s John Evans Distinguished University Professor and Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law, Ved Nanda.

“We are pleased to host our inaugural conference focusing on a particularly pressing environmental concern,” said Miguel De La Torre, Director at the Center for Eco-Justice. “All life is dependent upon water. And yet, we are putting at risk the very survival of our living planet as corporations who seek short-term gains employ climate-denying politicians to protect the interest of the few at the expense of the many.”

The conference will focus on case studies, critical discussions, reflective conversations, and comparative analysis of related issues on environmental racism, justice and activism with an emphasis on exploring solutions, innovative practices, and impactful policies.

“We gather not only to learn how to raise consciousness but investigate how to transform our commitment into action,” added De La Torre. “The conference speaks to the Iliff School of Theology’s commitment to social justice and bringing liberation to the disenfranchised, the dispossessed, and the disinherited.”

To register for the conference, please visit: https://www.iliff.edu/cej-conference/

About the Center for Eco-Justice – https://www.iliff.edu/cej/

The Center for Eco-Justice at the Iliff School of Theology was established in 2019 and is committed to the education, advocacy, and activism of scholarship, initiatives, and solutions on environmental justice in our changing world.

About Iliff School of Theology https://www.iliff.edu

Founded in 1892, the Iliff School of Theology is an independent, graduate school that is recognized nationally and internationally for its emphasis on justice, diversity, and ethics.  Ranked in the top 10 theological schools engaged in multi-faith education by the Auburn Theological Seminary, Iliff offers programs that educate and develop leaders with courageous theological imagination. Located in Denver, Colorado, Iliff offers a progressive and diverse community that is supportive, inclusive, and enriching for students.