Keynote Speakers


Elizabeth Yeampierre is an internationally recognized Puerto Rican environmental/climate justice leader of African and indigenous ancestry, born and raised in New York City. Elizabeth is co-chair of the Climate Justice Alliance, a national frontline-led organization, and Executive Director of UPROSE, Brooklyn’s oldest Latino community-based organization.
Elizabeth was the 1st Latina Chair of the USEPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council and opening speaker for the first White House Council on Environmental Quality Forum on Environmental Justice under Obama and recently featured in NY Times as a visionary paving the path to Climate Justice.
She recently was named by Apolitical as Climate 100: The World’s Most Influential People in Climate Policy and a recipient of the Frederick Douglass Abolitionist Award FD200.


Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation) is a tribal attorney, founder of Giniw Collective, former Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth and former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders.
She advocates on behalf of tribal nations at the local and federal levels on a range of issues impacting indigenous peoples. Tara spent six months on the frontlines fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline, and is currently engaged in the movement to defund fossil fuels and a years-long struggle against Enbridge’s Line 3.
Tara is a co-founder of Not Your Mascots, a non-profit committed to promoting positive representation of Native Americans in the public sphere.
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