As per this sobering Rolling Stones piece, climate change is indeed remaking our world. Quote from within:
But economic losses are only one way of thinking about the consequences of sea-level rise. The number of people who may be displaced – in other words, potential climate refugees – is another. When you factor in future population growth, Lagos is near the top of the list of places to worry about. By 2050, the city is projected to have 30 million people. How many of those will be swamped by rising seas and forced to flee? Various studies have come up with numbers ranging from 3 million to 8 million. Whatever the number, you only have to spend a few hours in Lagos to understand that sea-level rise will displace a lot of people, and those people are going to have to go somewhere.
Thanks to American civil rights attorney, Judith Browne-Dianis, for sharing. All of this is so troubling and terrifying. She herself, a brilliant national leader, is co-director of the Advancement Project, a progressive, nonprofit based in Washington, D.C.
We were together to honor both John H. Jackson and Barbara Madeloni as this year's "Deborah W. Meier - Heroes in Education Award" in a wonderful program that recognizes the contributions by major, national leaders in education, including their championing of the fight against high-stakes testing. You can check out the FairTest Staff and Board here. FairTest always puts on such a beautiful program.
Here are this year's awardee's bios:
Dr. John H. Jackson is President and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education. Dr. Jackson leads the Foundation’s efforts to ensure a high quality public education for all students regardless of race or gender. He joined Schott after seven years at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Dr. Jackson also served on the Obama-Biden Education Policy transition team and was Senior Policy Advisor in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education in the Clinton Administration. He holds a J.D. from the University of Illinois and a Doctorate in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Barbara Madeloni is President of the 110,000-member Massachusetts Teachers Association and a staunch advocate for students and educators in public schools and higher education. She is committed to racial and economic justice and to building effective unions in alliance with parents, students and communities. She was a key leader in the successful 2016 Massachusetts campaign to block the expansion of charter schools. Madeloni is senior lecturer (on leave) in the Labor Studies Department at UMass-Amherst, where she previously worked at the School of Education. She also has taught high school and worked as a psychotherapist.