We define environmental justice (EJ) as the empowerment of people
and communities to advocate for the health of natural and built environments
and for the equitable distribution of environmental benefits and burdens
throughout all communities.
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 education.