Diana Lopez is a Chicana born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Her work with Southwest Workers Union (swunion.org) involves linking issues around environmental justice, living wage and community accountable governance. Diana’s work has a strong solutions based approach of promoting the implementation of clean energy sources, sustainable practices, youth leadership, and community empowerment. She received the 2009 Brower Youth Award from Earth Island Institute and The Urban Renewal Award for community organizing and food sovereignty. She has brought local struggles to two United Nations Framework Conventions on Climate Change and the Social Pre-COP process in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. She serves on coordinating committees of Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, and South by Southwest Experiment. Diana is currently the Director at Southwest Workers Union, a grassroots organization of workers, families and youth united in one struggle for workers rights, environmental justice and community empowerment. SWU’s aim is to build multi-generational grassroots power to create sustainable systemic change and to build the movement for dignity and justice.
Topics: Environmental Justice, Climate Justice, Food Sovereignty, Labor Rights and the intersections with health, environment and climate.
Languages available for interview in: English, Spanish