Toxic dumping, landfills, lead poisoning, air pollution, brownfields, hazardous waste disposal, safe drinking water, siting industrial facilities, environmental inequality…
These are among the worries that many people have to contend with, while most others do not. Why do some shoulder the burden of environmental hazards more than others?
This event will explore the complex issues of environmental justice and the pressing problem that it has become in the United States and around the world.
The weekend consists of major presentations by nationally known experts who will provide in-depth analysis of the problem, group discussions of specific topics, and a video presentation of the classic PBS documentary “Toxic Racism.” The event is designed for anyone interested in learning how environmental justice impacts the world in which we live.
Among some of the topical issues and questions to be raised:
Be sure to take a look at the weekend timeline and check out how to register. CMU students can opt to take this program as a “weekend immersion course” for 3 units of credit. Students on other campuses can also attend any or all of the sessions and may be able to earn college credit through the Pittsburgh Council of Higher Education (PCHE).
The general public is invited and very welcome to attend any or all of the program sessions on Friday and Saturday.
Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.› Read more