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Earth Science Week Talk: Equity and Environmental Justice

Date: 10/05/2023 - 10/05/2023
Time: 12:00 pm ET - 1:00 pm ET
Location: Virtual

In support of Earth Science Week 2023, Dr. Yaítza Luna-Cruz will provide a virtual presentation titled "Equity and Environmental Justice" on 5 October, 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET. All are welcome to attend.

Dr. Luna-Cruz is a program scientist for NASA's Chief Science Data Office and a leader of NASA's environmental justice initiatives. Earth Science Week runs 8-14 October with the theme "Geoscience Innovating for Earth and People." A native of Puerto Rico, Dr. Luna-Cruz firmly believes that science should help people. In a February 2023 interview, she said:

"One of the biggest, clearest examples of environmental inequalities is Hurricane Maria in 2017. Six years later, the recovery is still a work in progress. I decided a long time ago that the best way to channel all my frustration from experiencing those and many other injustices was working towards making a difference using my science and educational activities as a catalytic change agent. I think experiencing all the inequalities gave me the power to continue working hard to find solutions, to increase the participation of underserved communities, and find or amplify our voices in the process."

Join Dr. Luna-Cruz to learn more about NASA's efforts in environmental justice. 

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