Environmental justice lies at the intersection of social justice and environmental sustainability. The environmental justice movement aims to end the disproportionate impacts of environmental burdens on people of color, poor people, indigenous peoples, women, and other marginalized communities locally and globally.
Among many others, environmental injustices include:
Concentration of toxic waste in communities of color
Lack of access to healthy food in poor neighborhoods
Labor abuses in the agricultural, extractive, energy, and other industries
Life-threatening climate change impacts to communities in the global south caused by emissions from the global north
Dispossession of indigenous peoples to make way for protected areas
Environmental Justice at Yale (EJAY) is a student interest group (SIG) at the Yale School of the Environment (YSE). We promote environmental justice scholarship and activism on campus. Our activities vary each year depending on the interests of our members. One of our current interests is in decolonizing conservation
We closed out last school year with over 200 participants at an amazing teach-in by Noah Schlager (MESc 2018) on the colonial, anti-indigenous history of early US environmentalists, including some of the founding figures of YSE. If you missed it, you can watch the video here
. Uncovering this history is a first step towards building a decolonized conservation movement based on human rights and social justice.