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Environmental Justice Is Social Justice: Past, Present, & Future in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Sustainability is the balance of equity, environment, and economics so current and future generations can thrive. Despite centuries of efforts, the Pittsburgh region has wrestled with this construct, yet issues of environmental and social justice remain – and are intertwined in systemic, cross-generational, and sector-specific issues. Systemic and institutional racism is evident in the poor environmental conditions for black, brown, and indigenous peoples across the United States and in Pittsburgh. This session will start with a land acknowledgement recognizing and respecting Native Nations as traditional stewards of this land. The panel will address how Pittsburgh’s industrialization resulted in social and environmental injustices that perpetuate today, especially affecting communities of color. Topics of pollution, toxic air, energy sources and poverty, and the lack of representation in the environmental sector will most certainly be discussed by the following panel from their various perspectives and experiences.

 

Annalise Abraham, Pitt student in urban Studies; James Fabisiak, PhD, associate professor, environmental and occupational health; director, Center of Healthy Environments and Communities, Environmental, and Occupational Health, University of Pittsburgh; Oluchi Okafor, Pitt student Africana studies and political science; Joylette Portlock, PhD, Executive Director, Sustainable Pittsburgh; and Aurora Sharrard, PhD, Director of Sustainability, University of Pittsburgh (moderator)

Thursday, July 30 at 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Virtual Event

Environmental Justice Is Social Justice: Past, Present, & Future in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Sustainability is the balance of equity, environment, and economics so current and future generations can thrive. Despite centuries of efforts, the Pittsburgh region has wrestled with this construct, yet issues of environmental and social justice remain – and are intertwined in systemic, cross-generational, and sector-specific issues. Systemic and institutional racism is evident in the poor environmental conditions for black, brown, and indigenous peoples across the United States and in Pittsburgh. This session will start with a land acknowledgement recognizing and respecting Native Nations as traditional stewards of this land. The panel will address how Pittsburgh’s industrialization resulted in social and environmental injustices that perpetuate today, especially affecting communities of color. Topics of pollution, toxic air, energy sources and poverty, and the lack of representation in the environmental sector will most certainly be discussed by the following panel from their various perspectives and experiences.

 

Annalise Abraham, Pitt student in urban Studies; James Fabisiak, PhD, associate professor, environmental and occupational health; director, Center of Healthy Environments and Communities, Environmental, and Occupational Health, University of Pittsburgh; Oluchi Okafor, Pitt student Africana studies and political science; Joylette Portlock, PhD, Executive Director, Sustainable Pittsburgh; and Aurora Sharrard, PhD, Director of Sustainability, University of Pittsburgh (moderator)

Thursday, July 30 at 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Virtual Event

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