Environmental Justice for All: Why Equity Matters with Robert Bullard

Event Date: 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 12:00am
  • Capps Forum on Ethics and Public Policy

For more than three decades and in more than a dozen books, Robert Bullard has documented that healthy places and healthy people are highly correlated. The poorest of the poor within the United States have the worst health and live in the most degraded environments. Bullard explores how the environment justice framework redefined environmentalism and challenged institutional racism and the dominant environmental protection paradigm. Much of his life’s work has been devoted to uncovering the underlying assumptions that contribute to and produce unequal protection and brings to the surface the ethical and political questions of “who gets what, when, where, why, and how much.” Individuals who physically live on the “wrong side of the tracks” are subjected to elevated environmental health threats and more than their fair share of preventable diseases. Addressing equity is a prerequisite to achieving healthy, sustainable and livable communities for all.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Global Environmental Justice Project.