Thursday, February 4, 2010

Post COP15 Mobilisation.Jihan Gearon. - video.

Jihan Gearon

Jihan Gearon is Diné (Navajo) and African American. She is Tódích'ií'nii (Bitter Water) clan, and her maternal grandfather is Tl'ashchí'í (Red Bottom People) clan. Jihan's family is from the community of Old Sawmill and she grew up and went to high school close by in Fort Defiance, located on the eastern part of the Navajo reservation in Arizona. She is a graduate of Stanford University with a Bachelors of Science in Earth Systems and a focus in Energy Science and Technology. Jihan is an aggressive advocate of Indigenous Peoples rights and environmental justice. She is an active organizer, speaker, and writer on Indigenous Peoples and environmental justice, energy, climate change, and climate justice. In her position as Native Energy Organizer at the Indigenous Environmental Network, Jihan works to build the capacity of communities throughout the U.S. and Canada who are impacted by energy development and climate change. Jihan is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative and the Coordinating Committee of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance. In these roles, Jihan works with broad coalitions of people of color, low-income, and Indigenous communities and organizations in connecting the issues of energy development in Indigenous communities to larger social justice movements. Her experience and expertise includes work on Indigenous Peoples rights, environmental justice, climate justice, the impacts of energy development and climate change on Indigenous Peoples and people of color, particularly in North America, but also around the world. Jihan is currently based out of Flagstaff, Arizona.

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