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The Future of Environmental Justice

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The Future of Environmental Justice

Reflecting on the meaning, and potential, of environmental justice as an idea, as an organising discourse, and as a political demand.

Presenting in partnership with Sydney Ideas as part of the Environmental Justice Conference 2017.

Environmental justice has been one of the central organising discourses of environmental and climate change movements over the last 30 years. While initially focused on the inequity of the distribution of environmental bads (and goods), especially as they impacted poor communities and communities of colour in the US, the idea has expanded to take on a broad range of issues, and a range of demands for justice, in movements across the globe.

The idea of, and movements around, environmental justice continue to grow. From lead contamination of water in Flint, to infringement of Aboriginal rights for coal mines in Queensland, to the impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities in the global south, environmental justice is embraced as a powerful organising discourse and demand.

What is the future of Environmental Justice? What are some current trends and directions in both scholarship and activism? How can the idea of environmental justice be used to respond to new and ongoing environmental crises – and continued economic and political power arrayed against safe, just, and sustainable environments?

This panel, made up of both longstanding leaders in environmental justice scholarship and new important voices, reflects on the meaning, and potential, of environmental justice as an idea, as an organising discourse, and as a political demand.

Speakers:
Robert Bullard, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy, Texas Southern University
Maxine Burkett, Professor of Law, University of Hawaii
Kyle Powys-Whyte, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability, Michigan State University
Lauren Rickards, Senior Lecturer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT

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David Schlosberg, Co-Director, Sydney Environment Institute

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