Global Justice Ecology Project
Orin Langelle is a photographer and journalist with a background in social and environmental justice organizing. Langelle co-founded Global Justice Ecology Project, and in 2003 and 2004 participated in the protests against the WTO in Cancun, Mexico; the mobilization against the Free Trade Area of the Americas in Miami, which was brutally attacked by police; the anti-globalization and anti-war protests against the Democratic National Convention in Boston; and the Republican National Convention in New York City. Orin has been coordinating movement media work at UN meetings including the Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Forum on Forests, the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
In 2007 Orin co-founded Climate Justice Now! during the Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bali, Indonesia and in 2008 co-founded Climate Justice Action in Copenhagen, Denmark. In Cancún, he coordinated a Global Justice Ecology Project media team with the Indigenous Environmental Network, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), ETC Group, Grassroots Solutions for Climate Justice North America and others, highlighting their messages in dozens of media outlets.
Institute for Policy Studies
Janet is co-director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network at the Institute for Policy Studies, where she provides analysis of the international financial institutions’ energy investment and carbon finance activities. Her recent studies on the World Bank’s climate activities include World Bank: Climate Profiteer, and Dirty is the New Clean: A critique of the World Bank’s strategic framework for development and climate change. She has appeared on several radio programs and C-SPAN sharing positive visions for fair and equitable climate action in the United States and overseas. As a founding participant in the global Climate Justice Now! network, Janet is committed to bringing hard-hitting policy analysis into grassroots and grasstops organizing.
Institute for Social Ecology
Brian Tokar has been an activist, author and a critical voice for ecological activism since the 1980s. He is currently the Director of the Institute for Social Ecology and a lecturer in Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont. Brian’s books include The Green Alternative (1987, revised 1992), Earth for Sale (1997), and Toward Climate Justice: Perspectives on the Climate Crisis and Social Change, published in 2010. He edited two books on the politics of biotechnology, Redesigning Life?and Gene Traders, and co-edited the recent collection, Agriculture and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Resistance and Renewal(Monthly Review Press, 2010).
Brian is a founding member of the activist network Climate SOS and serves on the steering committee of the Vermont chapter of 350.org. His articles on environmental issues and popular movements appear in Z Magazine and Synthesis/Regeneration, and on websites such as Counterpunch, ZNet, and Toward Freedom. Brian holds concurrent degrees from MIT in biology and physics, and a Masters degree in biophysics from Harvard University.
University of Vermont
Pablo Bose teaches in the Department of Geography at the University of Vermont. His research is on space, place and power, with a particular emphasis on struggles for social and ecological justice. His current projects include climate change politics, resource extraction, conservation and forced migration, and refugee resettlement in non-traditional destinations in North America. Previous work has focused on anti-dam and anti-logging movements in India and Canada, migration, urbanization and development in India’s megacities, and identity formation in diasporic communities globally.
World Development Movement (UK)
Kirsty is the Senior Campaigns Officer at World Development Movement. Her current work focuses on campaigning to keep the World Bank out of climate finance and against loans for climate change. Kirsty joined WDM in 2008 and was part of WDM’s successful campaigns to stop the Kingsnorth coal power plant and push for a strong Climate Change Act. Before this, she lived in New Zealand where she was campaigned on trade justice in the Pacific, conflict and climate change. She has also worked on women’s rights in Nicaragua, as a peace observer with Zapatista communities in Mexico, and with refugee communities in Middle East.
She graduated from Sussex where she studied Media, Culture and Community focusing on social movements and political communication. Outside of work, Kirsty is also involved in anti-cuts and climate justice campaigning, and enjoys learning about bees.