Environmental Justice

Today is Martin Luther King Day and the kids have off. Scenic Hudson is celebrating with a Winter Fun Day at the Esopus Meadows Preserve in Port Ewen, NY. There will be a Native American lecture and exhibit, including a snow shelter and fire demonstration, but no mention of Dr. King and the intertwining of social justice and environmentalism (to the extent that environmental justice is now a field unto itself).

Standard new urbanism terms like Transportation-Oriented Development are getting a second look under the light of  social justice, too, and the preferred term is now equitable transportation-oriented development.

Checking out a copy of  Environmental Justice and Environmentalism:
The Social Justice Challenge to the Environmental Movement
from your library would be a nice way to “go green” on Martin Luther King Day.

2 Responses to Environmental Justice
  1. Kristine Nesslar
    January 20, 2011 | 2:28 pm

    Thank you for your website and this post in particular! Did you know that the more diverse a school is the less recess time the children are likely to have. We’ve been studying winter recess in public schools, with the intention of asking the Beacon Board of Ed and the Superintendent to review the current guidelines for winter weather recess. In our research it stood out that cities that are diverse are less likely to get the children outside during the school day. While there are many reasons for this it’s understandable that many children grow up not having any relationship with the outdoors and nature. Thanks so much for getting this type of information out there!

    • admin
      January 20, 2011 | 3:35 pm

      Hi Kristine. Funny you should mention recess for kids. I met with Yancey last night and he sent me the website link. I was planning a post about it today, but the Clearwater story came up. Look for something about recess is fundamental tomorrow, and keep coming by!

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