The Environmental Justice movement addresses the disproportionate impacts of environmental burdens on people of color, poor people, native peoples, women, and other disadvantaged communities locally and globally; the intersection between human rights, human dignity and environmental sustainability; and the exclusion of marginalized communities from environmental policy decision-making. The Environmental Justice movement engages with a wide variety of issues including: concentrations of toxic waste and pollution in poor communities; sustainable energy generation on tribal lands, food access, farmworker rights, the disequilibrium in the causes and effects of climate change between developing and overdeveloped countries, and options to balance conservation and development goals in, for example, strategies such as REDD+ or the creation of protected areas.
Environmental Justice at Yale (EJAY) bridges the gap that exists right here at F&ES. We increase the attention of faculty, staff, and students to EJ topics. We make this group both a learning tool and a skill-building experience for participants through two avenues: 1) bringing speakers and other awareness-raising events to F&ES, and 2) creating opportunities for students to become involved with environmental justice communities here in New Haven. The latter includes both long-term and short-term volunteer opportunities that build upon the progress made in strengthening bonds between the Yale and New Haven communities and to continue our own awareness about environmental injustice that occurs right here in New Haven.
In Spring 2011, Environmental Justice at Yale (EJAY) hosted the Yale Human Rights and Environment Dialogues (YHRED). Below you will find a short report from these dialogues, presentation slides, and reports/papers distributed by the presenters:
Presentation Slides: David Mattson, Wildlife Biologist, US Geological Survey
Presentation Slides: Gary Dunning, Executive Director, The Forests Dialogue
Presentation Slides: Alyssa Johl, Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
Human Dignity and Diversity Training: Clarifying Standards and Practices, by Susan G. Clark and David J. Mattson
Human dignity in concept and practice, by Susan G. Clark and David J. Mattson
Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights, and the Environment, by Lorie Graham & Nicole Friederichs
REDD Readiness Requires Radical Reform, The Forests Dialogue
Beyond the REDD-hot Debate, The Forests Dialogue