Featured Session: Climate Justice and Unlearned Lessons of the Day the Levees Broke

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Vann Newkirk

The Atlantic

Bill Weir


Hurricanes Katrina, Harvey, and Maria share more than a catastrophic weather event—they exposed similarities in governmental breakdowns and lessons that remain unlearned. In this session, The Atlantic’s staff writer Vann Newkirk and CNN’s chief climate correspondent Bill Weir will share their reporting on issues of climate change, where vulnerable communities are increasingly on the frontlines. Joining the session is Aracely Jimenez of the Sunrise Movement, which mobilizes young people to take action to combat climate change. Newkirk is the host of a forthcoming podcast from The Atlantic about the aftermath of the day the levees broke in New Orleans. Weir has covered climate justice and Hurricane Katrina extensively; following Hurricane Maria, he anchored a special report looking at how the U.S. turned the natural disaster into a man-made catastrophe.

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