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The Weekender: We can’t truly protect the environment unless we tackle social justice issues, too

March 24, 2018

 

The Weekender features a longer form article from a reputable source. We select articles that discuss issues and opportunities we deem just off the radar for many business people, students, and faculty. We aim to expand the mind, broaden the heart and sharpen the analysis. Have a great weekend! 

 

We can’t truly protect the environment unless we tackle social justice issues, too (Popular Science)

 

By Amal Ahmed

 

 

"In the Southside of Chicago, Ali Rashad works with a group of men to rebuild the community they live in; environmentally, spiritually, and economically. As the manager of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network’s Green ReEntry Program, Rashad helps formerly incarcerated individuals find jobs that are rooted in sustainability."

"'What the environmental justice movement has been able to do, and do well, is redefine what environmentalism is and what the environment is,” says Robert Bullard, a professor at Texas Southern University’s School of Public Affairs. 'It takes environmentalism out of the neat little boxes,' he says."

"Whereas environmentalism is steeped in the language of wildlife, wetlands, and nature, Bullard explains, environmental justice adds the built environment to the list of places that should be protected: where we live, work, play, learn, and worship."

 

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