Some populations in this country, particularly low-income communities and communities of color, experience disproportionate environmental burdens and enjoy fewer environmental amenities. These communities are described as suffering from a lack of ‘environmental justice.’ This readings course will focus on both environmental justice and environmental injustice, and consider advocacy options for achieving equity. Through readings and discussions, students will explore the importance of collective responsibility and community-driven efforts to pursue environmental justice. A central tenet of this course is that environmental justice is achievable through the remedying of systemic and structural conditions, including racism and privilege, that lead to inequity.
This Readings section counts as a PIPS elective.
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