Environmental Injustices in the Bay Area: Closer to Home Than You Think (Bay Area)
Throughout history and even today, communities of color and low socioeconomic status have been disproportionately impacted by environmental hazards. These communities live in close proximity to various sources of pollution including toxic waste facilities, highways, refineries and industry. This dynamic of “environmental racism” can be seen in the Bay Area, specifically in our communities of focus--Richmond, Bay View Hunter’s Point, and West Oakland. Through our Spring DeCal and Service Learning Trip we will analyze the factors that contribute to environmental inequity among communities throughout the Bay Area, and draw parallels to communities beyond the Bay Area.
Ultimately, our goal is to raise awareness about environmental issues and inequities that are overlooked by the mainstream environmentalist movement. We hope to accomplish this through in-depth discussions and reflections, material covered through our DeCal, and direct involvement in the communities we will serve.
Break Leader BiosMegan Lee
Helloooo! My name is Megan Lee. I grew up in LA suburbia. I’m a third year majoring in Conservation and Resource Studies with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. For me, co-leading the Environmental Justice trip means helping to create an experience where students can look at all the abstract concepts learned in school with a different sort of realistic perspective. I want more students to have the immersive experience they would never be able to attain by just sitting in a classroom. Anyways, after attaining my degree I plan to live on all 7 continents . . . What about you? COME HITHER!Sam Good
Hello Friends! My name is Sam, and I'm an Environmental Engineering student here at Cal. I'm from Orange County, and I have two older brothers a younger sister! I love to be outside in the sunshine, orange juice, and good vibes ~~~. I'm passionate about environmental justice. What is environmental justice? Good question! It's a social movement based on unequal distributions of environmental benefits and burdens, based on race and class. I believe everyone deserves access to a liveable environment and healthy food. I'm also passionate about food justice! You can catch me Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays over at the Gill Tract where I work as a Farm Management Fellow to facilitate access to healthy, affordable, organically grown produce for our community! I'm also involved in Cal Enviro, a civil engineering water filtration competitive team, and I run a social justice/leadership/public service seminar called RSI out of the PSC! Catch me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions/concerns/advice/stories/vegan recipes/ etc! And come hang out with me, second semester, Wednesdays from 6-8. It'll be LIT!