Environmental justice issues are focus of Earth Day event

April 19, 2013 2:30 PM

Aidan Smith

On Earth Day (Monday, April 22) the Anna Julia Cooper Project at Tulane University is hosting a community event along with professors from Dillard University and Spelman College. The free discussion about environmental justice issues will be at 6 p.m. in the Rogers Memorial Chapel on the Tulane uptown campus.

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Moderated by political science professor Melissa Harris-Perry, who taught a course this semester on environmental justice, the event features speakers Beverly Wright, a professor of sociology and founding director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University, and LaToria Whitehead, a political scientist and adjunct professor of environmental justice at Spelman College.

Statistics from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control demonstrate that environmental hazards often disproportionately impact certain geographic locations and communities, particularly communities of color and low socioeconomic status.

Since Hurricane Katrina, much of Wright’s work has focused on research, policy, community outreach, assistance and the education of displaced African American New Orleans residents.

Many residents of the city are affected by toxins in the air and soil or lack food availability, while others face far fewer immediate impacts of these types of health issues, and these disparities are often correlated with race and economic status.

“Really, how you’re doing depends on who you are and where you live,” said Wright in a recent interview.

Aidan Smith is external affairs officer for the Newcomb College Institute.

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