The Network

The Academic-Activist Co-Produced Knowledge for Environmental Justice (ACKnowl-EJ) network is one of three transformative knowledge networks funded under the International Social Sciences Council Transformations to Sustainability Programme.

The network is composed by research institutions and activist groups from India, Spain, Lebanon, Turkey, UK and Latin America concerned with environmental injustices around the World and engaged with conflict transformation and the development of radical alternatives. ACKnowl-EJ has also an extended network of collaborators that contribute to the project development.

Dr Leah Temper (ICTA, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain) and Mr. Ashish Kothari from the Indian environmental group Kalpavriksh are the coordinators of this network.

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Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, (ICTA-UAB)

ICTA, the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology is a research institute at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. The center has a long track as coordinator of international projects and produces leading research in the fields of political ecology, degrowth and ecological economics.

Dr. Leah Temper, Principal Investigator, Network coordinator

Dr. Leah Temper (Phd Environmental Sciences 2015, Masters Economic History 2008, Communications and Journalism BA, 2005) is a trans-disciplinary scholar-activist specialized in Ecological Economics and Political Ecology.  She is the founder and director of the Global Atlas of Environmental Justice ( and was scientific coordinator of the EJOLT Project ( She has also served as Director of USC Canada’s Seeds of Survival Program International, which supports farmer-led research in plant genetic resources, agro-biodiversity and agro-ecology in 10 countries. Currently she is the project coordinator of ACKnowl-EJ (Activist-academic Co-production of Knowledge for Environmental Justice).  She directs short documentaries on social justice issues and is a sometimes journalist.

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  • Temper, L., Del Bene, D.,  Martinez-Alier, J. 2015. Mapping the Frontiers and Frontlines of Environmental Justice: The EJatlas. Journal of Political Ecology 22: 255-278
  • Temper, L. and Del Bene, D., 2016. Transforming knowledge creation for environmental and epistemic justice. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 20, pp.41-49.
  • Temper, L. and Martinez-Alier, J., 2013. The god of the mountain and Godavarman: Net Present Value, indigenous territorial rights and sacredness in a bauxite mining conflict in India. Ecological Economics, 96, pp.79-87.
  • Temper, L. (Forthcoming). Globalizing environmental justice: radical and transformative movements past and present.   In: Ryan Holifield, Jayajit Chakraborty and Gordon Walker (Eds). Handbook on Environmental Justice. Routledge.
  • Ecological Economics from the Ground Up. (Co-edited with Hali Healy, Joan Martinez-Alier, Mariana Walter and Julien-François Gerber) Earthscan.

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Dr. Mariana Walter, Scientific project manager

Mariana Walter has experience as researcher and in the coordination of national and international projects. She is interested in social metabolism, resource extraction conflicts, environmental justice, knowledge co-production and institutional change. She has published her work in books and journals such as Global Environmental Change, Ecological Economics, Geoforum, Land Use Policy and Local Environment.

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  • Walter, M., and Urkidi, L., (2015). Community mining consultations in Latin America (2002-2012): The contested emergence of a hybrid institution for participation. Geoforum.
  • Walter, M., Latorre, S., Munda, G., Larrea, C. (2016). A social multi-criteria evaluation approach to assess extractive and non-extractive scenarios for Íntag, Ecuador. Land Use Policy 57 (30),444–458.
  • Urkidi, L and Walter, M. (forthcoming). Environmental Justice and Large-scale mining. In: Ryan Holifield, Jayajit Chakraborty and Gordon Walker (Eds). Handbook on Environmental Justice. Routledge.
  • Martinez Alier, J. and Walter M (2016). Social Metabolism and Conflicts on Extractivism in South America, in: Fabio de Castro (Ed): Environmental Governance in Latin America. Palgrave, London.

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Jérôme Pelenc, Post-Doctoral Researcher

Jérôme Pelenc has a bachelor degree in Ecology, a master degree in Ecological Economics and a PhD in Geography. He has been post-doctoral fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research (FRS-FNRS) at the Free University of Brussels (Université Libre de Bruxelles) from 2014 to 2017 where he has conducted an action-research on the movement of resistance against a mega-prison project in Brussels. More broadly, he works on and take part in the resistance movement against unnecessary and imposed mega-projects. He just co-authored a book with three French colleagues on that topic «Résister aux grands projets inutiles et imposés : de Notre-Dame-des-Landes à Bure» (

Lena Weber

Currently a PhD student based at ICTA-UAB, Lena has spent the last 8 years working in and studying youth engagement, critical cartography, environmental conflicts, digital & physical security of activists under surveillance, and the relationships between systemic oppression, climate change, academia, and diverse and creative forms of resistance. She has a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and a Master of Science in Human Ecology from Lund University.

Kalpavriksh environmental group

KALPAVRIKSH is a non profit organization working on environmental and social issues. The group began in 1979 with a campaign led by students to save Delhi’s Ridge Forest. We work on local, national and global levels, are registered under the Societies Registration Act (S-17439) and are based in Delhi and Pune.

Kalpavriksh believes that a country can develop meaningfully only when ecological sustainability and social equity are guaranteed, and a sense of respect for, and oneness with nature, and fellow humans is achieved.

Kalpavriksh works on the following broad themes: Conservation and Livelihoods, Environment and Development, Environment Education and Urban Environment, and Alternatives.

Ashish Kothari, Network coordinator

Founder-member of Indian environmental group Kalpavriksh (, taught in several universities. Coordinated India’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan process, served on boards of Greenpeace International and India, Indian Society of Ecological Economics, World Commission on  Protected Areas, IUCN Commission on Social, Economic and Environmental Policy, and Bombay Natural History Society. Helped establish the IUCN Strategic Direction on Governance, Equity, Communities, and Livelihoods (TILCEPA) and the ICCA Consortium. Founding member of Global Sustainability University.

Active in several peoples’ movements, and member of Indian government committees on National Wildlife Action Plan, Biological Diversity Act, Environmental Appraisal of River Valley Projects, and Implementation of Forest Rights Act. Initiated the Vikalp Sangam process to network development alternatives in India, and global dialogue process on Radical Ecological Democracy.

Has (co)authored or (co)edited over 30 books, including Sharing Power, and Churning the Earth  and two childrens’ books, and over 300 articles. See blog.

Neema Pathak Broome

Neema Pathak Broome, has studied environmental science and completed a post graduate diploma in wildlife management. She is a member of Kalpavriksh, coordinating the Conservation and Livelihoods programme and is part of the team monitoring implementation of conservation laws and policies in particular the Wildlife Protection Act and the Forest Rights Act in India. Her main area of interest is conservation governance, particularly Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCAs). She has been involved with documentation, research, analysis and advocacy related to inclusive conservation governance and ICCAs in India and South Asia.

Radhika Mulay

Radhika Mulay has a Master’s degree in Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford, UK. Currently, she is working as Research Associate for the ACKNOWL-EJ project and Vikalp Sangam – Confluences of Alternative.

Shrishtee Bajpai

Shrishtee Bajpai has a Master’s degree in Development from Azim Premji University. Currently, she is working as Research Associate- Alternative practices and Visions in India, with Kalpavriksh.

Shruti Ajit

Shruti Ajit joined Kalpavriksh in August 2015 to work under Conservation and Livelihood team on Community Forest Rights-Learning and Advocacy process. She is also part of the Global project on Alternatives, working on documenting worldviews of the Dongria Kondhs. She has a Master’s degree in Development and an Undergraduate degree in Journalism and Communication.

Meenal Tatpati

Meenal Tatpati worked as an intern in various projects for the Conservation and Livelihoods team before she became a member in 2013. She has a Masters in Environmental Science. She has been working on advocacy and research on Community Forest Rights (CFR) under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006. She is interested in understanding the changing socio-political aspects of forest governance in India.

Centre Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship, American University of Beirut

The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship, established in November 2012, aims to advance research and other initiatives to support the development of an informed citizenry engaged at all levels of Arab associational life and promoting openness, transparency, and accountability in the region. It serves as the regional hub of a dynamic community of academics, practitioners, policymakers, and members of the general public interested in exploring traditional and innovative forms of associational life and in advancing realistic solutions to the obstacles to effective civil society and citizenship in the Arab world. The Institute encourages evidence-based research, disseminates research findings and policy/practice recommendations, provides education and training for active citizenship and effective civil society, promotes awareness of civil society and civic engagement in the region, and stimulates fruitful dialogue among the region’s varied publics.

Prof Masri, Rania, Associate Director

Most recently, Rania Masri was the Associate Director of the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship from 2014-2017. Before joining AUB in September 2014, she was a professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Balamand (2005-2014). She also served as the Environment and Energy Policy Specialist at the UNDP-Regional Office in Cairo (2012-2013).

Dr. Masri holds a PhD in Forestry from North Carolina State University (2001), and a Masters in Environmental Management (MEM) from Duke University (1995). Throughout her career,  Dr. Masri has worked to bring a holistic, interdisciplinary lens to the environmental sciences, and a recognition that environmental management must encompass a human rights and social justice practice and is, in itself, a struggle for full citizenship. Her academic research and publications have centered on issues of ecological sustainability, environmental politics, and social movements.

In addition to her work at the Institute, she teaches a graduate course entitled ‘Political Ecology and Social Change’ and will teach another course entitled “Exploring Environmental Justice.”

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  • Contributor. “UNDP Arab Development Challenges Report 2011: Towards the Development State in the Arab Region.” Second Revised Edition. March 2013. UNDP Regional Centre for Arab States.
  • Darwich, R., N. Farajalla, and R. Masri. “The 2006 war and its inter-temporal economic impact of war on agricultural production.” Diasaters. 33:4. Pages 629-644. 2009.
  • Abu-Ismail, K., A. Moustafa, and R. Masri. “Development Challenges in the Arab Countries: Food Security and Agriculture.” Volume 2. December 2009. League of Arab States and UNDP.
  • “Assault on Iraq’s Environment: Radioactive Waste and Disease – The effects of depleted uranium weaponry and blockade.” Iraq: Its History, People and Politics. Shams Inati (ed). Prometheus Books. 2003.
  •  “Environmental Challenges in Lebanon.” Challenging Environmental Issues: Middle Eastern Perspectives. Joseph Jabbra and Nancy Jabbra (eds). Journal of Developing Societies, Volume XIII – fasc. 1. June 1997. Brill Academic Publishers. The Netherlands.

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Christophe Maroun, Researcher

Christophe has a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from ICTA-UAB and has spent the last two years researching urban environmental conflicts, forms of mobilizations and the different discourses used in the Arab World as part of his Master’s thesis. He has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Health from the American University of Beirut.

Dina El Khawaga, Director of the Institute

Dr. El Khawaga’s areas of research include the dynamics of knowledge production in the Arab region, and higher education policies more broadly.

She has acted as advisor to governmental and non-governmental institutions on civil society, the media industry, right to information, and higher education. Before joining AUB, she served as the programs director at the Arab Reform Initiative for four years. Prior to that, she worked at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris. Earlier, she was the Director of the Arab Regional Office of the Open Society Foundations (2011-12) in Amman and the Higher Education Program Officer at the Cairo Office of the Ford Foundation (2005-11).

Dr. El Khawaga received her BA in political science from Cairo University, her MA in Sociology of Development from the Sorbonne in Paris, and her doctorate from the Institut d’études politiques, also in Paris.

Boğaziçi University

Boğaziçi University is one of the leading higher education institutes in Turkey, with a 153 year history; and a strong tradition of international collaborations, where cutting-edge research on environment and sustainability is being pursued. Academics across different faculties, institutes, and research centres work on political economy of the environment, climate change modelling, environmental conflicts, agriculture, and urbanization. The Department of Economics in particular has a research-oriented faculty of 23 academics and has successfully hosted the 9th International conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE) in June, 2011 and several summer schools on the field. To name a few: “Institutions, Justice, Democracy”, in June 2015 with the ENTITLE project, and “Energy Infrastructure: Security, Environment and Social Conflict” in June, 2016 with the British Council Researcher Links.

Prof. Begüm Özkaynak, institute director

Begüm Özkaynak is currently a Professor of Economics at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey. She received her BA and MA in Economics from Boğaziçi University, MPhil in Economics from Manchester University, UK and PhD in Ecological Economics and Environmental Management under Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain. Her research interests include environmental and ecological economics, political ecology, sustainable development, urban sustainability and governance. Prof. Özkaynak has recently been working on projects investigating environmental conflicts, in particular related with mining and water, and environmental movements in Turkey. She is also an elected board member of the European Society of Ecological Economics.

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  • Özkaynak, B., Aydιn, C. İ., Ertör-Akyazι, P. and Ertör, I. (2015): “The Gezi Park Resistance from an Environmental Justice and Social Metabolism Perspective”, Capitalism Nature Socialism, (2015).
  • Aydın, Cem İ., Özertan, G. and Özkaynak, B. (2013) “Assessing the GMO Debate in Turkey: The Case of Cotton Farming”, New Perspectives on Turkey, 49, 5-29.
  • Paker, H., Adaman, F., Kadirbeyoglu, Z. and Özkaynak, B. (2013). “Environmental Organizations in Turkey: Engaging the State and Capital”, Environmental Politics, 22(5), 760-778.
  • Avcı, D., Adaman, F. and Özkaynak, B. (2010). “Valuation Languages in Environmental Conflicts: How Stakeholders Oppose or Support Gold Mining at Mount Ida, Turkey” Ecological Economics, 228-238, 70.
  • Özkaynak, B. (2008). “Globalisation and Local Resistance: Alternative City Developmental Scenarios on Capital’s Global Frontier – the Case of Yalova, Turkey,” Progress in Planning, 70 (2) 45-96.

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Dr. Ethemcan Turhan,  Researcher

After having worked for UNDP Turkey as  a  project  assistant  on climate change projects, Dr. Turhan received his M.Sc. (2009) and Ph.D. (2014) focusing on the  political ecology of climate change adaptation in labour-­‐intensive agriculture in Turkey from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autonoma  de  Barcelona. His scholarly work appeared in Global Environmental Change, Ecological Economics and WIREs Climate Change. Dr. Turhan is currently a post-doc researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Environmental Humanities Lab.

Cem İskender Aydın, Researcher

Cem İskender Aydın is a PhD candidate in ecological economics at Université de Versailles Saint Quentin-en- Yvelines, France. He received his BA and MA in economics from Boğaziçi University, Turkey, and his master in environmental economics from Toulouse School of Economics, France. Previously, he worked as a research assistant in EU funded project EJOLT (Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade, 2011-2015) and recently, he was the climate policy officer at TEMA Foundation in Turkey. His research focuses on energy and climate policy, environmental justice and mapping of environmental conflicts, networks, environmental governance, and ecological economics.

School of International Development, University of East Anglia

The School of International Development (DEV) at UEA is a leading global centre of research and teaching in international development.  DEV is committed to making a real difference in the world through its applied and interdisciplinary research approach. The school hosts the Global Environmental Justice Group, and interdisciplinary research team that focuses on the linkages between social justice and environmental change, with a particular focus on the global dimensions of (in)justice. It studies existing injustices in different areas of contemporary environmental management, including biodiversity conservation, climate change, disaster management, forestry, mining, indigenous peoples’ territories, public health, renewables and water management.

Dr. Iokiñe Rodríguez, Senior Research Fellow

Iokiñe Rodríguez is a Venezuela sociologist, who specializes on socio-envrinmental conflict transformation using participatory action-research. She has worked in Venezuela, Guyana, Ecuador, Chile and Bolivia building local and institutional capacity to transform environmental conflicts. In close collaboration with Latin American Institutions she seeks to contribute to a regional specific conflict transformation approach to environmental conflicts, focusing on issues of local history, indigenous notions of well-being and knowledge, cultural revitalization, power asymmetries, environmental justice and intercultural dialogue. She is co founder of Grupo Confluencias (see below), and is member of the Global Environmental Justice Group from the School of International Development, University of East Anglia (UEA). More on Iokiñe´s work.

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  • Martin, A, B. Coolsaet, E. Corbera, N. Dawson, J. Fraser, I. Lehmann and I. Rodriguez. (2016) Justice and Conservation:  the need to incorporate recognition. Biological Conservation. 197 (May 2016): 254–261.
  • Rodríguez, Iokiñe, Mirna Inturias, Juliana Robledo, Carlos Sarti, Rolain Borel, Ana Cabria Melace. 2015. Abordando la Justicia Ambiental desde la Transformación de Conflictos: experiencias en América Latina con Pueblos Indígenas. Revista de Paz y Conflictos, 2(8):97-128.
  • Rodriguez, I. et al. 2015. Transformación de Conflictos Socio Ambientales e Interculturalidad. Explorando las Interconexiones. Grupo Confluencias, Centro de Estudios Políticos y Sociales (Universidad de los Andes), Organización Regional de Pueblos Indígenas del Amazonas. Merida, Venezuela.
  • Rodríguez, I. et al. 2013. Speaking of fire: reflexive governance in landscapes of social change and shifting shifting local identities. Journal of Environmental Policy Making and Planning.
  • Correa, H. & I. Rodríguez (eds). 2005. Environmental Crossroads in Latin America: between managing and transforming natural resources conflicts. UPEACE, San José de Costa Rica/IDCR, Canada.

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Professor Adrian Martin

I am a social scientist with a background in human geography and now specialising in interdisciplinary research to inform the management of natural resources in developing countries. Much of my recent work has been in Sub-Saharan Africa and focuses on the governance of biodiversity conservation and forests, with interests in participatory management, integrated conservation and development, market-based approaches and environmental conflict. This work has pursued three related themes. Firstly, the potential for deliberative approaches to achieve procedural equity and higher quality environmental decision making. Secondly, the use of markets for integrating ecological and social objectives– including REDD+ and payments for ecosystem services. Third, the use of environmental justice frameworks to critically analyse conservation issues and conflicts. My current research projects include a comparative study of ‘Conservation, Markets and Justice’ in China, Tanzania and Bolivia and a study of the social impacts of a REDD+ project in Tanzania. More on Adrian´s work

Grupo Confluencias

Grupo Confluencias is Latin American network of socio-environmental conflict transformation practitioners who have been working since 2005 as a platform for deliberation, joint research, and capacity building on this topic.   Members of this network play a combination of roles in conflict transformation: dialogue facilitation, peace building, advice and capacity building for indigenous peoples and urban/rural communities, policy advice on environmental and sustainable development issues and action-research in their respective countries, which include: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru and Venezuela. One of the main contributions of the group has been the development of a conceptual framework to define and evaluate socio-environmental conflict transformation processes.

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Ana Cabria, Fundación Cambio Democrático, , Argentina.
Nicolas Lucas, Environmental Advisor to the Ministry of Agro-industry,, Argentina
Juan Dumas, Dialogue Facilitator, Argentina
Pablo Lumerman, Dialogue Facilitator,
Gachi Tapia, Dialogue Facilitator,, Argentina.
Juliana Robledo, Dialogue Facilitator,, Argentina.
Jesvana Policardo, Consultant,, Chile.
Diego Luna Quevedo, Environment & Community,, Chile.
Rolain Borel, Universidad for Peace (UPEACE),, Costa Rica.
Volker Frank, Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano,, Ecuador.
Carlos Sarti, Fundación ProPaz,, Guatemala.
Iokiñe Rodriguez, School of International Development, University of East Anglia,, United Kingdom.
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Mirna Liz Inturias, Network Co-ordinator, Bolivia

Bolivian sociologist with a Masters in Sustainable Development. I am a social researcher, specializing in indigenous issues, identity and interculturality, indigenous education and transformation of environmental conflicts. I have carried out research on environmental conflicts in protected areas and indigenous territories in the East, Chaco and Bolivian Amazon.  I am a founding member of  Grupo Confluencias and part of different Latin American networks of reflection and research. Lecturer at Nur University, Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

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  • Inturias, M,., Rodriguez, I., Baldelomar H. and Peña, A. (Eds) (2016). Justicia Ambiental y Autonomia Indigenas de Base Territorial en Bolivia. Un dialogo político desde el Pueblo Monkox de Lomerio. Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia.
  • Inturias, M and Rodriguez, I. 2016.  Política de bosques y autonomía indígena en Bolivia. En: Inturias, M., Rodriguez, I., Baldelomar H. and Peña, A. (Eds) (2016). Justicia Ambiental y Autonomia Indigenas de Base Territorial en Bolivia. Un dialogo político desde el Pueblo Monkox de Lomerio. Ministerio de Autonomía, Bolivia.
  • Inturias, M. 2012.   Protected Area Management and Pilon Lajas Biosphere Reserve, Santiago de Chile. Rimisp.
  • Laats, H.; Inturias, M.; Caimani C. 2012. Megaprojects in the Amazon. Case study protected areas Madidi and Pilon Lajas. La Paz: PIEB.
  • Inturias Canedo, Mirna Liz; ARAGON, Miguel Angel, 2012. Impacts of changes in the legal and judicial framework of collective rights in the reality of Indigenous Peoples (2001-present). Lima: OXFAM America.
  • Inturias Canedo, Mirna Liz. 2011. Indigenous peoples and indigenous territories. Generation of ground rules for the protection and conservation of natural resources in the Pilon Lajas TCO_RB. Santiago de Chile, RIMISP-Chorlavi.

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Platform London

Platform’s current campaigns focus on the social, economic and environmental impacts of the global oil industry. Our pioneering education courses, exhibitions, art events and book projects promote radical new ideas that inspire change.

How we work is important to us. We operate through collective decision-making. Our team includes campaigners, artists and researchers who act together and with networks to achieve long-term, systemic goals. Everyone in Platform is committed to our core values of justice, solidarity, creativity and democracy. You can read our statement on values here.

Mika Minio-Paluello

She has spent 10 years researching and campaigning with Platform London. She has revealed state and corporate corruption, trained social movements that stopped fossil fuel infrastructure, sourced confidential oil contracts, analysed oil contracts forcing an improvement in terms and prevented controversial loans by international financial institutions.

Mika has published over 15 reports, interviewed by BBC, CNN and Sky, featured in AlJazeera documentary “Egypt’s Lost Power” and wrote The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London (Verso 2012)..

Jo Ram

Jo Ram joined the Platform campaigning team in July 2016. For several years, Jo has been part of the grassroots UK climate movement, campaigning for culture beyond oil, fossil fuel divestment, energy democracy and climate justice and is passionate about articulating the links between climate change, human rights, and social justice struggles.