The environmental justice movement began in 1982 with protests involving the placement of hazardous waste sites in African-American communities in South Carolina. The goals of the environmental justice movement are to ensure equal protection from environmental hazards in all communities and populations, as well as to provide equal access in the decision-making process of policy that affects environmental concerns. The ultimate goal of this movement is for all populations to live, learn, and work in healthy environments.
In 1994, President Clinton signed an Executive Order to address environmental justice at the federal level. This order mandated that federal agencies including the USDA, EPA, HUD, and DOE identify, address, and implement environmental justice in their working environment.
In 2011, a Memorandum of Understanding among federal agencies was signed to further focus on the importance of Clinton’s 1994 executive order. Although the movement began with the unequitable distribution of toxic waste sites in minority and low-income communities, today’s issues include the increased level of cancer in the Southeast and obesity in built environments. The interagency working group created in the 1994 executive order continues to focus on public participation, with a particular focus on indigenous and rural communities and those affected by climate change and commercial transportation.
Who can benefit from the webinar?
Students and professionals in public health, environmental science, and public policy.
Define environmental justice in terms of public health
Understand the historical events leading up to the environmental justice movement
- Integrate social disparities and environmental health to further pinpoint environmental justice issues
Recognize the federal policies that address environmental justice
Identify current environmental justice issues
- Discuss the future of environmental justice
If you’re unable to join the webinar on June 21st at 2:00 pm ET, you may still register and a link to the on-demand recording will be sent via email after the presentation date.