June 11 Webinar: How Food and Water Policies Fail Communities of Color
Climate change is already impacting access to healthy, safe, and affordable food and water across the United States. From food security and nutritional content to algae and blooms and waste ponds, these climate impacts have been felt first and worst by low wealth and BIPOC communities.
For the fourth webinar in our Climate and Health Equity series, Julian Gonzalez of Earthjustice will join Dr. Mark Mitchell for a discussion on how current policies have failed to protect communities from the food and water impacts of climate change. Gonzalez serves as a water policy lobbyist as a part of the Healthy Communities team at Earthjustice in Washington, D.C. and has spent his career working on environmental justice and water issues. He will cover climate and water policy areas including agricultural runoff, shellfish contamination, algae blooms, and waste ponds. Dr. Mitchell is a preventive medicine physician trained in environmental health and health policy and has spent over twenty years working in the public health sector and with environmental justice communities. He will discuss the impact of climate on agriculture, food justice, and briefly explore solutions.
Julian Gonzalez serves as Earthjustice’s water policy lobbyist as a part of the Healthy Communities team in Washington, D.C. Before joining Earthjustice, Julian worked for GreenLatinos, handling water and oceans policy development, advocacy, and outreach to help ensure Latinx perspectives on water issues were reflected in Washington. Prior to joining GreenLatinos, Julian worked on Clean Water Act implementation issues for the Association of Clean Water Administrators, serving as a liaison between state agency leadership and their federal counterparts at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and between various states themselves. Originally from the Bronx, New York City, Julian’s environmentalist journey began with frequent trips to the Bronx Zoo and volunteering with the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance. Along the way, Julian received a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation Biology and Management from the University of Delaware and a J.D. from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Washington. Julian also serves as a board member for the Hispanic Bar Association of Washington, D.C.