Presentation: “The Importance of Environmental Justice Movements and Recent Successes on the Central Coast” by Geoff Green
Date: Monday, November 24, 2014
Time: 11:20 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Bren Hall 1414
“With over 20 years of experience working on social and environmental issues in Santa Barbara, Mr. Green brings a rich perspective on alleviating the environmental justice issues we face in our community. Anyone interested in learning about environmental justice, the issues we face locally, and ways of addressing those problems will not want to miss this talk”, states Jacob Skaggs, MESM student host for this colloquium.
The modern American environmental movement has long been criticized for being the province of predominantly white middle-class wilderness enthusiasts. Beginning the 1980s, however, the understanding of “environment” has expanded considerably to include urban environments and the concerns of more urban populations. This trend had been propelled in large part by the cross-pollination of environmental movements with social justice movements – each adopting some of the language, analysis and strategies of the other.
In this talk, Geoff shares his personal journey that led him to the environmental and social justice fields, the current status and importance of environmental justice movements, and the recent history of several local environmental justice campaigns.
*Cover photo by Elite Henenson, Noozhawk