Climate Justice Solutions
Climate change is perhaps the greatest challenge of our time and shapes our daily lives in endless ways. Extreme weather, rising sea levels, air pollution, wildfires and other climate change phenomena disproportionately impact communities that are already facing great challenges. You’ll hear from alumni addressing climate justice head-on through long-term mitigation and adaptation solutions including environmental conservancy practices, policy design, and creative partnerships.
Shangrila Joshi, Member of the Faculty in Climate Justice at The Evergreen State College
Shangrila Joshi is a Member of the Faculty in Climate Justice at The Evergreen State College. She has a doctoral degree in Environmental Science, Studies and Policy (focal discipline Geography) from the University of Oregon, a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Ohio University, and a bachelor’s of science degree in Environmental Sciences from St. Xavier’s College, Kathmandu University. Her research has focused on climate policy and politics at the international scale, and in South Asia. Her dissertation Justice, Development, and India's Claim to Environmental Space: A Postcolonial Political Ecology of the Atmospheric Commons examined North-South climate politics leading up to the Copenhagen Climate Conference. She has published this work in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. She is currently working on a book Climate Change Justice and Global Resource Commons to be published by Routledge. Shangrila is from Lalitpur, Nepal, and spent her formative years there, as well as in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Kabul, Afghanistan.
Will Barrett '03, Director, Advocacy, Clean Air, American Lung Association
Will Barrett ’03 leads the American Lung Association’s work on clean air and climate change policy in California, focusing on vehicle emission standards, smart growth and clean fuels policies. Will represents the American Lung Association before the California legislature and federal, state, regional and local agencies engaged in clean air and climate policy. Will has served as a public health representative on advisory panels convened by the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission and other public agencies, and serves on the steering committee of Climate Plan and the board of directors for the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies. Will is a graduate of The Evergreen State College and completed the Yale School of Public Health Climate Change and Health certification program.
Maia D. Bellon '91, Partner, Cascadia Law Group, Former Secretary of Department of Ecology, 2013-20
Maia D. Bellon ’91 is a Partner at Cascadia Law Group, where she practices in the areas of environmental and natural resources. Maia also works on energy and environment policy development and problem solving with Cascadia's consulting affiliate, Cascadia Policy Solutions. Before joining Cascadia, Maia was the longest serving Director of the Washington State Department of Ecology (2013-2019), where she was one of Governor Inslee's closest advisors on climate, toxics, water and air quality issues. Prior to her role as Ecology Director, Maia served as the Program Manager for the Department of Ecology's Water Resources Program. She also worked as an Assistant Attorney General for 15 years at the Ecology Division of the Washington State Attorney General's Office, where she focused on water, air quality and contaminated sites. She received her bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College in 1991 and her Juris Doctorate in 1994 from Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.
Matt Fuller '13 MES '16, Community Organizer, Activist and Musician
Matt Fuller ’13 is a graduate of the Master in Environmental Science program at Evergreen and a Ph.D. candidate in Critical Geography and Political Ecology at the University of Victoria. He has a bachelor in arts degree focused on social movement theory and media justice from Evergreen and his research focuses on environmental and climate justice, especially pertaining to how Indigenous and other frontline communities resist and respond to the harmful presence of fossil fuel megaprojects. Fuller interned in the Environmental Justice Office of the Washington State Department of Ecology under Millie Piazza ’95 and has worked with the Lummi Nation Sovereignty and Treaty Protection office the last six years. Matt has spent 20 years as a community organizer, activist and musician and also worked to help found and manage several community radio stations. He has been arrested organizing at many local and national protests, including 2004 RNC Protests, the 2014 People’s Climate March and the 2015 PNW Shell No! Arctic drilling resistance.