Spring 2011 – Post your “ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE” topical homework here:

  • Find and read an article (online or in print) and post a link or citation on your topic, with a sentence or two summarizing the most useful points, for at least one item per class meeting.
  • You may post additional links (with or without summaries) for some extra credit.
  • Note any important points from your book reading that connect with or inform your research topic.
  • Folks on other topic teams are welcome to make comments, suggest links, or anything else that would be helpful to this team (this will also earn you some extra credit).

    39 Responses to “ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE”


    1. Here’s my blog posting with some videos I may show at the Social Justice Conference:
      http://drpongo.wordpress.com/2011/04/29/environmental-justice-and-sustainable-communities/

    2. ybeaudoin4 Says:

      I came across this and hadn’t realized that the CA. EPA had an Environmental Justice division. It will be interesting to see what they can accomplish, but also to keep informed on what is happening in our state in regards to EJ issues.

      http://www.calepa.ca.gov/EnvJustice/

      This is a list of the links from the homepage:
      * News & Events
      * Public Participation
      * Cross Media Activities
      * Working Group
      * Advisory Committee
      * Action Plan
      * Strategy
      * Small Grants/Funding
      * Kettleman City
      * Resources & Links
      * Site Index
      * Contacts

    3. kirsd Says:

      This one is super cool. This is a video on Van Jones, an environmental activist who translates a “traditionally white movement” into something that makes sense for Oakland residents. He is the founder of Green for All an org that directed green money and jobs to people of color–the project was originally called “jobs not jails.” He also noted Oakland’s high rates of asthma.

      1. ybeaudoin4 Says:

        He’s awesome! I’ve seen him speak at the Green Festival in S.F.

      2. ybeaudoin4 Says:

        Have you read his book The Green Collar Economy? It’s on the list of books for this course (past classes).

    4. kirsd Says:

      Here is the link to a video about Erica Fernandez a young girl who won the Brower Youth Award in 2009. She learned that in her community there was an upcoming project to put a Liquefied Natural Gas pipeline through fields and behind peoples homes. The community was South Oxnard, mostly farm workers and primarily farm workers. She organized recognizing knowledge is power.
      http://www.quantumshift.tv/layout/eflashplayer.swfWatch more videos like this at http://www.quantumshift.tv

    5. kirsd Says:

      So here is an article encouraging change. It demonstrates that environmentalism SHOULD and CAN be cross cultural. Since urban communities of color are hit hard by environmental racism, urban communities of color need to be at the forefront of change!
      http://www.flcourier.com/fleditorial/5133-a-black-american-earth-day

    6. ybeaudoin4 Says:

      I can’t help but think about the “caring economics” that Riane Eisler talks about in her book, “The Real Wealth of Nations.” I recently read an acticle about a pregnant 17 year old girl who was working the fields in 90+ degree weather http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30385643/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/. Now two years later, those that allowed this to happen may be set free with little to no punishment http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news/local&id=7986196. This injustice, especially towards women was a recurring theme throughout Eisler’s book. This “dominator” mentality is what she encourages us to move away from and towards a system of “partnership,” where mutual respect, mutual accountability and mutual benefit were the foundation of the workplace. This young lady and her unborn baby would be alive today if we had a system that was based on “caring.”


    7. Just thought everyone should check out this great movie based on Endgame by Derrick Jensen. Good movie, good read!

      http://endciv.com/

      1. ybeaudoin4 Says:

        Thanks for posting this.


    8. http://www.kqed.org/quest/radio/view/242
      I thought this was a good local environmental justice issue. It is a radio recording talking about low income families being affected by pollution. States that over 56% of people who live near hazardous sites are people of color. Documents how environmental justice may have started 25 years ago in North Carolina, fighting against a toxic waste dump in a low income ethnically diverse neighborhood.

      1. ybeaudoin4 Says:

        The article discusses the concerns over Methyl Iodide, which replaced Methyl Bromide by the EPA in 2007. It talks about how the California Department of Pesticide Regulation enforces safe application practices to avoid dangerous exposure levels. However, language barriers can prevent these procedures from being fully understood and therefore properly followed.
        A local Watsonville high school student has been passing out fliers in Spanish, in hopes to better inform and educate farm workers of the risks involved.
        Some of these health concerns are the inability of farm workers to have access to affordable health care. Also, because many people are migrant farm workers, there is a great concern for long term affects that may not traced back to exposure of these pesticides.


    9. Hey everyone. I found this to be a really fascinating article on a Supreme Court decision about carbon emissions. The essential question is, does the Supreme Court have the autonomy to discern how much emission can be regulated, or is that a question of federal rules that the courts can’t break? Let me know what you guys think

      http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/04/19/scotus.greenhouse.gasses/index.html?iref=allsearch


    10. Hey group members,
      No one has emailed me what was agreed on and thats making it really hard for me to make the powerpoint. I’m hoping you happen to check this asap…Please email me your talking points when/if you do.
      elle.rosie@gmail.com

      Also please have them concise and organized. I don’t want full websites or something I have to sort through. Thanks!

      1. ybeaudoin4 Says:

        Hi!
        I thought I was doing the conclusion, including local solutions. I will send you the power points that I have for local solutions, so you can just insert the slides where needed. I am also waiting for additional info so that I can complete the conclusion.
        ~Yolanda

      2. ybeaudoin4 Says:

        Well I haven’t heard from anyone so I am going to do the best I can with the information that I have personally gathered on our topic.

    11. beverly1748 Says:

      sorry for the late notice–i just got this.

      Japanese Nuclear Disaster: Impacts & Implications
      Talk by Daniel Hirsch, UCSC Lecturer on Nuclear Policy Tues, 4/19 @ 7pm Stevenson Event Ctr. Free & Open to the Public

      Another opportunity to hear a talk by a local resource who knows more about nuclear issues than pretty much anybody — and has a great deal more WISDOM on it than most of the other “experts”.
      His talks are always electrifying (shocking!).
      GO TO THIS — and SPREAD THE WORD! (Enough of this “environmentalist” nonsense that nuclear fission power plants are our only realistic hope for avoiding a worsening of climate change, already!)
      — Joe Jordan, Cabrillo Instructor

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