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Posts tagged with “Environmental Justice” (All posts)
- January 30, 2014 at 10:29 pm
- March 11, 2013 at 11:24 am
I don’t know what got into me. I am a cheese-loving girl from small town Wisconsin. At the beginning of this term, I decided to have a go being vegan.…
- April 20, 2011 at 10:21 am
The final update from Powershift 2011!
- April 11, 2011 at 7:36 pm
This week our guest blogger is Ellen Drews, a sophomore at Carleton and campus organizer for the national "Take Back the Tap" campaign:
Bottled water is one of the least-regulated industries…
- April 4, 2011 at 8:33 am
Ben Hellerstein, a junior at Carleton and leader of our MPIRG (Minnesota Public Interest Research Group) chapter, is our guest blogger for the day:
This Tuesday, a group…
- October 18, 2010 at 11:35 am“Now I know the only one who cares about the environment out of 1.3 billion people who don’t,” said an American friend of mine after he was approached by a…
- February 16, 2009 at 11:49 pm
The growing rash of piracy off the coast of Somalia has been consistently present in international news for the past several years, and has had a major impact on the security and economy in the region. Western nations have stepped up anti-piracy patrols in an attempt to re-establish key shipping lanes, as well as to make the gulf and its highly productive fishery safer for fishing vessels. However, little press has been given to what role these international fishing vessels may have played in the development of Somalian piracy in the first place.
- November 10, 2008 at 12:32 am
Vera Chang and I presented about our experiences at Terra Madre last week, but I’ll elaborate here as well. We attended the Slow Food international Terra Madre conference in Torino, Italy October 25-28. The conference was a gathering of the world’s food communities—thousands growers, producers and eaters all converged to discuss the issues facing our food system, learn from world leaders, and celebrate our unique but interconnected food cultures and traditions.
- May 12, 2008 at 10:43 am
Last Thursday, Dale Jamieson returned to Carleton to give a talk on climate change and environmental justice. Jamieson, who was formerly the Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Dimensions of Global Change at Carleton and is now the chair of the Environmental Studies Department at NYU, called climate change the “most complex, profound, and important” environmental justice issue that exists today.
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- November 7, 2007 at 8:30 amA dinner fundraiser for the Chico Mendes Reforestation Project in Cantel, Guatemala, at St. Olaf College last Thursday illuminated some of the struggles and triumphs of sustainable development. Stories from Carleton and St. Olaf students who had visited the reforestation project during a study abroad program helped give a human face to these difficult international issues.
The Chico Mendes Reforestation Project was founded in 1999 in response to a dwindling groundwater supply because of decades of deforestation. As a result, Cantel only has access to water for a few hours a day. The project has planted hundreds of thousands of trees, including 65,000 last year alone. Planting trees in Cantel is considered a subversive political act, a defiant stance against the government that allows this deforestation to continue--a sharp contrast, the students noted, to the idea of connecting to the earth and holding hands and singing Kumbaya. Here, planting trees is a necessity to the continuity of community life, and a politically subversive one at that.
Under Guatemalan law, there must be a certain number of trees planted to replace those that are cut down. The loggers usually do a pretty hasty job of replanting and then leave the seedlings alone. This is not an effective solution. As the students learned in Cantel, it takes a lot of love to make just one tree grow. The Chico Mendes Reforestation Project actually devotes the time and care to the trees they need to thrive.
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- November 1, 2007 at 10:22 am
Two years after Hurricane Katrina drastically accelerated the already-in-place systematic marginalization of communities of color on the Gulf Coast, those communities are still fighting for a just and sustainable recovery, while also creating innovative work that combines environmental, social, and economic justice.
The devastation following Hurricane Katrina, and the government's failure to respond to a disaster affecting a mostly African-American area, is our prime contemporary example of environmental racism. Communities affected were already working for social change and address environmental injustice before the hurricane. Now, the work continues, but the problems are greatly exacerbated.
Environmental racism is an issue we cannot ignore, explains Rosina Philippe of Grand Bayou Community United, a grassroots group in an Atakapa and Creole fishing village. "If it doesn't affect you today, it'll affect you tomorrow, personally or economically. We have to start thinking globally, and get away from 'them and us.'"
Reading about communities' response to the disaster, two years later, is both powerful and disturbing. Somehow, Katrina has been all but forgotten and the Gulf Coast left behind. How should environmentalists respond to Katrina, two years later?
The Gulf Coast holds valuable lessons for environmentalism about diversity within the movement and about the power of underprivileged communities fighting injustice at the grassroots level. As Derrick Evans, director of the Turkey Creek Community Initiatives, an African-American community grassroots group, says:
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