Environmental justice organizer, climate activist, and community educator
AJ Hudson is an environmental justice organizer, climate activist, and community educator. His current research agenda is rooted in the intersection of environmental law and climate change policy with environmental justice for racial minorities, historically colonized and enslaved peoples, and the recently contacted indigenous groups of Latin America. Before law school, AJ spent five years teaching and eventually co-founded a public high school in one of the most disenfranchised, polluted, and over-policed neighborhoods in Brooklyn, NY. His experiences teaching science to students of color, who were already overwhelmingly socially marginalized, while balancing the health risks of an emerging lead poisoning crisis in a decrepit school building, led to his pivot towards environmental activism and policy rooted in social justice. In this work he has led community workshops on climate justice and political action with UPROSE, organized coalitions to pass New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (NY CLCPA), and helped to plan and execute the 2019 Climate Justice Youth Summit, the nation’s largest gathering for young people of color on climate change.