Environmental Justice: History and Policy in New Jersey
Aired: January 30, 2011
When people think about the environment, they usually think about conserving open space, protecting endangered species or reducing their use of fossil fuels. But what about rates of asthma in children growing up in Camden or the location of a recycling plant in Trenton? Are these environmental issues too? Environmental justice, NJCH’s 2011 theme, is a growing movement that examines how society distributes environmental burdens across populations. In this episode of Humanities Connection, Dr. Chris Rasmussen, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Dr. Frank Popper, Rutgers University and Princeton University, facilitators for NJCH’s new program Face to Face: Community Conversations on Environmental Justice, discuss the connections between the environment, history and justice in New Jersey.
To Learn More Visit:
- Face to Face: Community Conversations on Environmental Justice: NJCH’s newest program gives public libraries the opportunity to host film screenings and reading discussions, facilitated by scholars, on the topic of environmental justice.
- Environmental Justice: A Camden Forum: In September 2010, NJCH hosted a community dialogue that used the perspective of environmental justice to understand the many problems facing Camden.
- Dr. Frank Popper’s webpage: Find out more about Dr. Popper’s research on environmental issues, including his well-regarded work on LULUs, the Buffalo Commons and smart decline.