Press Release

 February 12, 2013

Gionni Crawford           


(313) 744-5860


Detroit student leader chosen for international seminar focusing on climate justice in Tokyo, Japan.

DETROIT, MICH. – The United Methodist Women will be sponsoring a trip for Dorthea Thomas, graduating senior at Eastern Michigan University, to Tokyo, Japan, starting Feb 14. through Feb 24, 2013. The international seminar will focus on climate justice; Thomas wants to create a healthy community, a safe environment and more green jobs for Detroiters.

Thomas, 21, can be touted as Detroit’s next green leader. Thomas is the only applicant chosen from the Midwest to attend this seminar; and also one of the few chosen in the United States. Thomas will be joining women from Korea, Japan and the United States, ranging in ages 18 to 30, in Tokyo to address ways to combat climate disparities in their respective communities.

Thomas works the the NAACP as an Environmental and Climate Justice Youth Ambassador to bridge the gap in addressing issues that have been established in Detroit’s communities.
Thomas is currently working on her own campaign to empower young women of color to increase their leadership capabilities in a green economy. The campaign entitled Hope For Green Detroit is focused on waste reduction, energy efficiency and conservation.

“In addition to addressing the problems of our community, and seeking the answers to create real solutions, we will also consider how our faith calls us to respond.” Thomas said.

The United Methodist Women is an organization with over 800,000 women that aims to foster spiritual growth, develop leaders, and advocate for justice.

Thomas was born and raised on Detroit’s northeast side and has continued to develop and amplify her passion for serving Detroit through her service with the NAACP.

“I hope to come back to Detroit and create a revolutionary movement for young people of hope, faith, and inspiration through an international lens. The future of my city, our state, and the nation belongs to my generation. We must empower and educate the youth of today to combat the struggles of our past and prepare them for the challenges of tomorrow.”


For more information, contact Dorthea Thomas directly at (202) 684-3392 and


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