Toward Environmental Justice for All: Addressing Race, Poverty and Pollution
DETROIT, November 9, 2011 - The Fourth National PolicyLink Equity Summit 2011: Healthy Communities, Strong Regions, A Prosperous America opened on Monday in Detroit. This afternoon, I will be speaking on a panel entitled “Tackling Poverty and Pollution: New Directions in Environmental Justice” from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. The afternoon panel will explore some of the promising strategies communities across the country are using to build successful alliances, develop foresighted agendas, and secure policy wins. Many of the strategies, milestones, and trends detailed in my talk are gleaned from my latest book, Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States: Building Environmentally Just, Sustainable, and Livable Communities (APHA Press 2011), a project sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Principles of Environmental Justice Travel to Rio Again: Rio+20
Thousands of environmental leaders from around the world will converge on Rio de Janeiro this week for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development or Rio+20. Some twenty years earlier, “Principles of Environmental Justice," adopted in October 1991 at the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, were circulated at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) or Earth Summit. The Principles are on their way back to Rio again. Will the world leaders take notice of these Principles this time around?
It’s An Honor to Be Profiled in Everyday Heroes Book
Two years ago, photographer Paul Mobley and author and editor Katrina Fried set out to find fifty Americans who had made it their business to improve the lives of others. The result is Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World One Nonprofit at a Time from Welcome Books (2012).