Environmental Justice and Activism
Monday 1 - 4:15pm
Instructor: Farley Anne Brown
Phone: 586-7711 ext. 156 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
The growing grassroots movement around environmental injustice has been fueled by concerns of social inequities and has given rise to action. Many religious communities, civil-rights groups, civics groups, non-profits and governments, to name a few, have responded to these inequities by establishing principles, policies, and legislation addressing the issues of environmental justice.
Why do some people in society carry a disproportionate burden of environmental and land use impacts? Why have we historically ignored these distributive inequities? Can such maldistributions be corrected or is it symptomatic of inherit human traits? Is it always the “powerless” in society who are the victims of environmental injustice?
Course Objectives and Topics:
Environmental Justice -
The course will be structured as a seminar, a forum in which students discuss and apply their knowledge and skills in partnership with their peers and faculty. We will read both historical and contemporary literature addressing issues of injustice, environmental crisis and issues, and activism. This structure will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas through weekly discussions of our readings and research.
Active participation in discussions
Students bring a variety of learning styles to class. We will be using a variety of oral, written and technical skills. If you have a learning problem or documented disability, please check in with Leland Peterson, Sterling College’s Learning Support Coordinator. Leland can help you determine what accommodations would be helpful for you in this course. I can meet with you and Leland, or you can simply let me know what you and he decide.
SS271A Course Schedule
Definitions and language
Models and principles
Class on Lowell Mountain Camp
Lowell Wind Project information and articles
History of the Environmental Justice Movement
“History and Issues of the Environmental Justice Movement” Bryant (handout)
“Decision Making” Bullard (reader)
Legal Structure -
Do Trees Have Standing: Legal Rights for Nature?
“Should trees have standing?” Stone (reader)
Environmental Justice Tactics
If A Tree Falls in the Forest – documentary and ELF
Steps to Organize: Communities and Tools
Organizing Cools the Planet
Institutional Communities: UCC
Alan Parker, Unitied Church of Christ Minister
Christianity and Environmental Justice – Nancy Wright
“What is the Environmental Justice Movement?” Environmental Justice Program
Participatory Community-based activism
The Eight Stages of Successful Social Movements
The New England Grassroots Environmental Fund Story
Personal Stories of Activism:
Pat O’Neill – Composting Assoc. Of VT
Majora Carter – Sustainable South Bronx
Taking care of ourselves and each other
Final Project Presentation