Experiences of an Environmental Justice Advocate
An Environmental Justice Initiative Lecture Series by Dr. Joseph K. Lyou
Thursday, January 10, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Lecture Hall 1200 at UCLA's Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics
About the Talk
Dr. Joseph K. Lyou will provide tales of woe, intrigue, setbacks and victories as he recounts his 22 years as an environmental justice advocate in California. Dr. Lyou will review the history of key environmental justice policy debates, discuss the challenges confronting environmental justice advocates and provide insights into the perspectives and experiences of California’s environmental justice leaders.
About the Speaker
Dr. Lyou is the President and CEO of the Coalition for Clean Air, a California-based public interest advocacy organization dedicated to defending the public’s right to breathe clean air. Dr. Lyou also serves as the Governor’s Appointee to the South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board. The South Coast AQMD is the government agency responsible for air quality for more than 16 million people living in Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Prior to this, he was Executive Director for the California Environmental Rights Alliance, whose organizational goals include raising awareness about environmental health and justice issues, (2) building a broad-based and engaged community of environmental health and justice advocates empowered to influence environmental decisions; and (3) holding government officials accountable for decisions that impact efforts to achieve environmental health and justice. Dr. Lyou holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology.
Organizing Sponsors: UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Institute of American Culture, and Luskin School of Public Affairs.
Environmental Justice Initiative Co-sponsors and Lecture Hosts: UCLA's American Indian Studies Center, Asian American Studies Center, Bunche Center for African American Studies, Chicano Studies Research Center, and UCLA Library.
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