Season 2, Episode 5
Environmental Justice and Race
A professor of English, a College senior, and a sociologist share their perspectives on what it means to live under a system of environmental racism, and how to move forward toward environmental justice.
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When COVID delivered a disproportionate blow to communities of color, environmental hazards like air pollution, that are all too frequently present in these communities, was one of the contributing factors cited by experts. The idea that race is a factor in determining who has access to resources that allow a community to thrive is not so much news as it is a part of the American story. Today, there is a wider recognition that environmental racism is one of many forms of systemic racism, and that environmental justice and climate change are interconnected problems.
Herman Beavers, Julie Beren Platt and Marc E. Platt President’s Distinguished Professor of English and Africana Studies
Daniel Aldana Cohen, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Tsemone Ogbemi, C’21, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities Public Research Intern
Alex Schein and Loraine Terrell
Susan Ahlborn, Blake Cole, Lauren Rebecca Thacker
Theme music by Nicholas Escobar, C’18
Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions
What comes next? In this episode, we talk to an undergrad and grad student about their research, how institutions have perpetuated racial hierarchies, and the work that remains.
In this episode, three of our faculty share their thoughts on the movement to reexamine monuments and the history and myths they symbolize, and how we should think about the artworks in our public squares.