Friday, March 07, 2008

Father of Enviormental Justice

Robert Bullard says he was "drafted" into environmental justice while working as an environmental sociologist in Houston in the late 1970s. His work there on the siting of garbage dumps in black neighborhoods identified systematic patterns of injustice. The book that Bullard eventually wrote about that work, 1990's Dumping in Dixie, is widely regarded as the first to fully articulate the concept of environmental justice.Since then, Bullard, who is as much activist as academic, has been one of the leading voices of environmental-justice advocacy. He was one of the planners of the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit in 1991, at which the organizing principles of modern environmental justice were formulated. Bullard later helped the Clinton administration write the watershed executive order that required all federal agencies to consider environmental justice in their programs. click here for full Grist article

View QuickTime video clips of Dr. Robert Bullard's lecture:Environmental Justice for All
What is Environmenal Justice?
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The Beginning: Houston, Texas [part 1]
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The Beginning: Houston, Texas [part 2]
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Warren County, North Carolina
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The Environmenal Justice Movement
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ach said...

I have a quick question: there was a photo on your blog awhile back, with three boys kneeling on a street--all three wearing white shirts and jeans. Where did you find this picture and where was it taken? Do you know? I'm a teacher in the south, and one of the boys looks very, very familiar to me.

AJ Harper said...

The image was taking from
The 3 boys are from the hbo series the wire