In this session, Heather McTeer Toney will explore the myths and stereotypes around environmentalism and climate in communities of color and dismantle the idea that climate change is a singular issue. We will review the history of environmental justice in America while outlining the many ways climate change has always intersected with social justice in our country. Students will be challenged to break down social issues and identify the climate connection – past, present and future. McTeer Toney will share from their experience as a mayor, regional administrator for EPA, and community advocate and recount their own “unlearning.” Students should leave this session with the view of climate change broken down into a many pieced puzzle that we will spend the next several sessions reconstructing. In addition, students will understand the necessity of diverse perspectives for sustainable, long term climate solutions.