Episode 6 Guests:
Senator Cory Booker has represented the state of New Jersey in the U.S. Senate since 2013. Booker has proven his steadfast commitment to standing up for what matters most to New Jerseyans, from advocating for more federal resources to modernize New Jersey’s transportation system, securing funds to continue the long recovery from Superstorm Sandy, to ensuring that our communities are safe from the effects of pollution and climate change.
In October 2017, Senator Booker introduced the Environmental Justice Act, which would strengthen protections for communities of color, low-income communities and indigenous communities.
Annie began her career at Greenpeace in 1988 and has returned to help the organization inspire and mobilize millions of people to take action to create a more sustainable future together. She is based in San Francisco.
Deepa represents Greenpeace USA, which is a defendant in two SLAPP suits brought by Resolute Forest Products and Energy Transfer Partners. Deepa has been with Greenpeace since 2011 and is based in Washington DC.
Tiernan directs LCV’s policy and government relations efforts with Congress and the Obama administration on a range of issues, including climate change, energy, public lands, water, and chemical policy reform. She works on LCV’s legislative accountability campaigns and oversees the National Environmental Scorecard.
Our most basic public health protections are under attack. At the same time our ability to provide input into the decision-making process has been whittled away. These actions are especially dire for communities of color, low-income communities, and indigenous communities, who already face disproportionate impacts from pollution, sagging infrastructure, and climate change. While United States Congressional Members of color and green organizations are stepping up to protect our communities, there is more work to be done to reverse historic wrongs and current actions being taken by the current Administration. In episode six, our hosts sit down with United States Senator Cory Booker to dig into the challenges and solutions. Also joining us are Greenpeace Executive Director Annie Leonard and Deputy General Counsel Deepa Padmanabha to discuss their organization’s work at the front-lines of the biggest fights to free us from fossil fuels that are causing climate change. Tiernan Sittenfeld, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, also drops by to let us know just how well Members of Congress are doing to protect our communities and planet.