Equity and Earth: Intersections of Social Justice and Environment

Recap:  Environmental Affairs Symposium

Recap: Environmental Affairs Symposium

As environmentalism has taken shape, what and whose priorities have been foregrounded? Whose interests have been overlooked? How does crisis illuminate the vulnerabilities and inequities in our communities and institutions? How are aims for improving quality of life for citizens around the globe best achieved? And how can well-intentioned efforts sometimes go astray? These were a few of the questions tackled by the college’s 19th annual Environmental Affairs Symposium, held in October.

This year’s keynote event featured a dialogue between Christopher Foreman, professor and director of the Social Policy Program at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, and David Pellow, the Dehlsen Chair and Professor of Environmental Studies and director of the Global Environmental Justice Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara.