We define environmental justice (EJ) as the empowerment of
people to advocate for the health of natural and built environments and for the
equitable distribution of environmental benefits and burdens throughout all
The “environment” is not some distant place we seek to
protect, but incorporates the places where we live, work, play, pray and learn.
Environmental justice advocates link social and environmental concerns, thereby
seeking “to challenge the abuse of power which results in poor people having to
suffer the effects of environmental damage caused by the greed of others,” as
stated by the South African Environmental Justice Networking Forum.
Seattle University's Cynthia Moe-Lobeda’s book
on environmental justice, Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic
Vocation was released in March. Trileigh Tucker of the
Environmental Studies department is working on a CEJS-sponsored research
project to develop an EJ teaching resource based
on an analysis and inventory of current practices in college EJ