The State of Environmental Justice in Pennsylvania
Environmental justice aspires for all people- regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, or socioeconomic background – to have equal access to a healthy environment, including avenues to participate meaningfully in decisions regarding their environment. Environmental injustice examines which communities and places are disproportionately exposed to environmental health risks from industrial, municipal, commercial operations, or government policies. Research in the field of environmental justice has shown that people living in poverty, as well as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and their communities, are disproportionately impacted by environmental degradation and pollution. This panel will focus on environmental justice work occurring in Pennsylvania, bringing together community representatives and members of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Justice Advisory Board to discuss progress and challenges to achieve environmental justice in the Keystone state. Panelists will reflect on the diversity of activism and legal actions taken to achieve environmental justice. Presenters will highlight contemporary and future efforts to ensure that all Pennsylvanians enjoy a healthy and safe environment.
This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, co-sponsored by the department of environmental studies and the Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity and organized in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
environmental justice, Pennsylvania, environmental protection, environmental studies
Environmental Health and Protection | Environmental Sciences | Other Environmental Sciences | Sustainability
Chapman, Saleem, Veronica Coptis, Adam Cutler, and Horace Strand. "The State of Environmental Justice in Pennsylvania." Ensemble video, 01:22:46. October 14, 2020.