Sat, Apr 23, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Hayward City Hall, 777 B St, Hayward, CA 94541
Free with RSVP
Join the Sierra Club for a forum on the impact of women and girls’ reproductive rights on climate change.
Panelists from Planned Parenthood, the League of Women Voters, the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, and the United Nations Association of the USA will discuss their work to increase universal access to voluntary family planning and reproductive health services; advance women’s and girl’s basic rights, including access to health care, education and economic opportunity; and raise public awareness of wasteful consumption in the context of social and economic equity.
Dr. Diz Swift (Moderator)
League of Women Voters Berkeley Albany Emeryville
Dr. Linda Dismore Swift (Dr. Diz Swift) has been active in the League of Women Voters at local, state and national levels for over 10 years. She trained as a scientist (PhD geology) and is now retired from 30 years working primarily in minerals and oil & gas exploration and production in many different capacities and at various levels of management. Since retirement in 2004 she has been studying climate change, and lectures on the risks of climate change in a wide array of venues, as well as lobbying and advocating at all levels of government. Her website advocating for putting a price on carbon emissions – which was endorsed by the national League – is at PriceonCarbon.org. She also serves as a Berkeley Public Works Commissioner and is on the Community Advisory Group for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Malcolm Potts MB, BChir*, PhD, FRCOG
Professor of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Malcolm Potts is a Cambridge-trained obstetrician and reproductive scientist. He is the first holder of the Fred H. Bixby endowed chair in Population and Family Planning at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. He served as first medical director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation introducing family planning methods into scores of developing countries.
Dr. Potts has taught courses on Social, Political and Ethical Issues/Health and Population and Poverty. Dr. Pott’s research interests include mobilization of resources for international family planning and reducing nonevidence-based barriers preventing access to contraception and safe abortion. His current project includes a focus on the perfect storm of population, climate and gender problems arising in the Sahel. The Bixby Center, His publications include “The Impact of Freedom on Fertility Decline” and “The Impact of Population Growth in Tomorrow’s World”, “Global Warming and Reproductive Health” and “A Woman Cannot Die from a Pregnancy She Does Not Have.”
Advisory Council, United Nations Association of the USA East Bay Chapter
Claire Greensfelder is a lifelong environmental, peace and safe energy activist, educator, political campaigner, and journalist. Claire presently serves as Policy and Organizational Consultant to the International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative (IWECI) and to the international, multi-media exhibit-Conversations with the Earth: Indigenous Voices on Climate Change (CWE). Claire facilitated the installation of the CWE exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC in 2011. A former Director of Greenpeace USA’s Nuclear Free Future Campaign, Claire has worked as an executive staff member or consultant for over four dozen NGOs, electoral campaigns, media outlets and youth organizations, including the International Forum on Globalization, Women in Europe for a Common Future, the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center, INOCHI/Plutonium Free Future, Friends of the Earth, the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign, Jane Addams Center of Hull House, Sierra Club, and the American Friends Service Committee (partial list). For more information about the Teach-in, visit: ifg.org/techno-utopia.
Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of NAPAWF(National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum)
Priya Murthy is Policy and Organizing Program Director for SIREN (Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network)- Santa Clara County’s response to the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act. Priya develops, manages and implements the policy advocacy and community organizing programs at SIREN. Previously, she served as the first Policy Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national immigrant and civil rights organization based near Washington, DC. She practiced immigration law, representing clients facing removal, worked for various immigration courts, and worked at Amnesty International’s National Refugee Office. Priya serves on the National Governing Board of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF). She received her Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School and her Bachelor of Art in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Sierra Club’s Global Population and Environment National Team
Suzanne York has reported on international human rights, globalization, and environmental issues for nearly two decades. She is the director of Transition Earth, a project of Earth Island Institute that promotes human rights and nature’s rights in a world of unsustainable growth.
Previously Suzanne was Senior Writer and Program Director with the Institute for Population Studies in Berkeley, CA, where her work focused on the interconnectedness of population growth with women’s empowerment, human rights, consumption, alternative economies, and the environment. Suzanne’s writing appears on the blog 6 Degrees of Population.
Suzanne is the author of several reports, including Peoples’ Rights, Planet’s Rights: Holistic Approaches to a Sustainable Population and Prioritizing the PHE Approach: Linking Population, Health, and Environment for a Better World. As research director with the International Forum on Globalization, Suzanne was a contributing author to Paradigm Wars: Indigenous Peoples’ Resistance to Economic Globalization. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from American University and a B.A. in Business Administration from Portland State University. Suzanne is on the board of the Women’s Environmental Network, is a member (past chair) of the Sierra Club’s Trade, Human Rights and Environment National Committee and on the leadership team of the Sierra Club’s Global Population and Environment National Team.
Director of Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood Miramonte
Guadalupe (Lupe) Rodríguez is the Director of Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte. Previously, Lupe was the Interim Executive Director and Program and Policy Director at ACCESS Women’s Health Justice. Lupe served on the board of directors of the California Family Health Council, and now serves as a commissioner on the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women. She sits on the boards of ACCESS Women’s Health Justice and California Latinas for Reproductive Justice. Lupe is an adviser for the Women’s Health & Rights Program at the Center for American Progress. She has a BA in neurobiology from Harvard.