Ananda Lee Tan

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Ananda Lee Tan has been organizing grassroots movements since 1986 – building coalitions, networks and alliances for land defence, environmental justice, worker rights, energy democracy, food sovereignty, zero waste, community self-determination and climate justice around the world.

Over the last fifteen years, Ananda served the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, and co-convened the Climate Justice Alliance, a network of frontline communities organizing a Just Transition away from the global, colonial extractive economy.

He also co-coordinated the international People’s Climate March in 2014, and the Building Equity and Alignment for Impact, an initiative aimed at shifting philanthropic resources and centering the leadership of Black, Brown and Indigenous communities on the frontlines of ecological crises.

Ananda lives on unceded Coast Salish territories in the Pacific Northwest, and serves as a trainer, facilitator, strategist and guide for grassroots environmental justice formations such as the Just Transition Alliance.

As for outcomes he’s hoping to see for the Workers and Communities for Just Transition delegation, Ananda says he’s “hoping we can villainize the term ‘Net Zero Emissions’ and derail a number of the false solutions that appear in the Paris Agreement and current proposals throughout the U.S. political landscape.”