Environmental Justice (EJ) marks a shift in environmental thought as well as announces the gaps within the modern environmental movement. Traditionally, the modern environmental movement focuses on protecting nature with the understanding that humans are separate from or outside of nature and more specifically that the environment must be protected from humans. EJ places humans at the center of environmental concerns by expanding what constitutes “the environment” to all the places where people work, live, and play. EJ also brings to the fore that low-income and communities of color are more likely to bear the burden of environmental harms including pollution, pesticides, and other toxins from industrial processes that compromise health and shorten lives. These same populations often lack access to healthy green spaces, nature. In this two-hour webinar we will explore historical and current environmental justice struggles form the creation of the National Parks to Love Canal to the Dakota Access Pipeline to the Flint, Michigan water crisis to green gentrification. We will look at how the intersection of race, class, and gender can and often does produce vulnerable populations and communities that contend with environmental injustices. We will also unpack how vulnerable communities resist and challenge environmental injustices by contesting understandings of the environment while also protecting nature outside the tradition of modern environmental thought.
- Teacher: CNE Corbin