Vulnerable communities around the world, including indigenous people and other marginalized minority groups, are exposed to greater levels of pollution and suffer higher rates of health problems. Yet despite decades of international action, people living with pollution and poverty are largely shut out of policymaking processes. When we listen to voices on the ground, better environmental decisions can be taken.

Join activists from Mongolia, Indonesia and India as they describe how their voices have been excluded on water, air, or land pollution in their communities. Panelists will share what they have done to change this dynamic and highlight how other organizations can give more voice to vulnerable groups.


  • Erdenechimeg Dashdorj, Governance Program Manager, Open Society Forum Mongolia
  • Bayarsiakhan Namsrai, Steps without Borders
  • Bayarmaa Byambasuren, The Lords of Lake Khuvsgul
  • Margaretha Quina, Environmental Attorney, Indonesia
  • Vidya Viswanathan, Director, Environmental Justice Program India, Namati
  • Alejandra Martin, Senior Program Officer, Land, Water and Climate Justice, American Jewish World Service
  • John Knox, former UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment (discussant)
  • Elizabeth Moses, Environmental Rights and Justice Associate II, WRI (moderator)


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