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What's Going On: Environmental Justice in Our Communities

Everything that affects the planet and the natural environment affects us as humans. Environmental Justice is “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies,” (US EPA, 2017).


In this course, we will examine how different communities of people are impacted by environmental challenges, including pollution, urban planning, waste management & recycling, and other public health issues. Why is asthma more prevalent in some neighborhoods than others? Why do people depend on bottled water instead of the tap? What is illegal dumping, and who really cares?

We will explore and engage with environmental justice issues in Oakland, the Bay Area, and beyond. This course will include a community-based learning field trip, as well as special guest presenters from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and local activist groups.

Course Schedule:

Monday - Saturday July 24 - 29, 2017

1pm - 4pm

Guest Presenters

Allison L. Bakamjiam
UC Berkeley School of Public Health
& School of Social Welfare
Daniel S. Madrigal
Public Health Institute
Hip Hop Caucus
Ina Adele Ray
Documentary Filmmaker
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