Environmental Justice

Environmental justice is a social movement grounded in a unique marriage between environmental and civil rights law and policy. It has two primary components, procedural justice and distributive justice. Procedural justice concerns itself with the processes responsible for disenfranchisement of non-white, indigenous, and low-income populations in social, political and environmental decision-making. Distributive justice indicts resulting programs and policies shown to place a disproportionate risk on those same non-white, indigenous, and low-income groups at the local, regional, national, and international level. This course will introduce students to the concept of environmental justice and lead them through an exploration of the history of racism and the environment in America, resource colonization and the destruction of indigenous cultures, the specter of environmental insecurity, and the role of a much broadened concept of environmental justice in shaping new sustainability discourses in ethics, law and policy for the 21st century.
Credits: 2

Type: SEM