Policy & Research Director
Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Amee focuses working-class communities of color at the center of building solutions to the climate crisis. The communities with the fewest material resources face the greatest threats from climate change. A lot of efforts around climate adaptation traditionally focus on protecting forests, coasts, and wetlands. But communities and neighborhoods remain vastly underprepared. Now more than ever, climate readiness efforts are needed to uplift those hit hardest by climate pollution and disasters. These solutions must enable communities not only to cope and survive, but to grow and thrive in the transition toward a regenerative economy. As part of the environmental justice movement, Amee is fighting climate change by challenging the extractive economy, helping to pass state policies that transform the energy system and putting resources toward building resilience in the places that need it most.
MORE ABOUT AMEE
Amee is a policy advocate advancing community resilience and environmental justice. Her roots, coming from a South Asian immigrant family, connect her to struggles to fight for worker health and racial equity. She is applying her scientific background in public health to address the intersecting crises of a rapidly changing climate and growing economic inequality.
AMEE’S WORK AND VISION
- Resilence Before Disaster: The Need to Build Equitable, Community-Driven Social Infrastructure
- Grist 50 2021
- Amid Compounding Environmental Crises, Organizers Offer ‘Resilience Hubs’ As A Potential Solution (CapRadio)
- How to Get — Or Make — a Free Or Low-Cost Air Purifier For Your Home (KQED)
- California may spend billions on permanent relief shelters as sweltering heat blankets the state (PBS NewsHour)
- Toxic Tides: Climate change expected to cause 400 toxic California sites to flood by 2100 (Grist)