Sunday, September 30, 2007

Environmental Science and Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice is not an uncommon phrase among many African-Americans, especially those of us who rally for social justice. NAACP's magazine the Crisis July and August 2007 issue is special report on Environmental Justice. However, the term isn't all that common among all segments of the American population. A friend and colleague who teaches at a rather large southern university asked her freshman biology and environmental science students if they were familiar with term. None were. Most of her students are white. She thought this was a generational thing, since most of her students were young, <>environmental science. Make me shake my head. Understanding environmental processes - water cycles, interdependence of living creatures on each other, the fragile & necessary relationship between the biotic and abiotic parts of the environment, as well as the chemical, geological, biological and geographical concepts related - is fundamental to tackling environmental justice issues that plague poor people and people of color in the U.S. and throughout the world.

This week's dose of science is a link to Environmental Science . ScienceDaily is an online science research news source that covers a wide breadth of science research topics.

Enjoy your environmental science tutorial.

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