Environmental Justice and Equity in the Face of Climate Change

Tuesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Burge Union Forum C/D
Plenary Talk


Beverly Wright, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice

The Environmental Justice movement grew out of community activism and advocacy for better standards for protecting the health of people of color and low income communities. Although there were existing laws and regulations designed to protect human health, these protections were not afforded to all communities equally. Minority communities were left to languish in the shadow of industrial facilities inundated with toxic chemical pollution. It was their struggle for justice and equal protection under the law that; (1) changed the culture of an agency; (2) shifted a research paradigm with the creation of a new approach and methodology that embraced community involvement (Community Based Participatory Research); (3) motivated the development of citizen science as a credible discipline; and (4) produced science that was more protective of communities. This presentation will review this transformation and analyze its impact on vulnerable communities.

This event and associated refreshments are sponsored by Case Studies in the Environment. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed by the plenary speaker and the sponsor are independent and do not necessarily reflect the views of one another.