Environmental Justice / Climate Justice

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Environmental Justice / Climate Justice (EJ/CJ)


Conveners: John Foran, Melody Jue, anne-elise lewallen, David Pellow, Tess Shewry, and Richard Widick

Global warming, climate change, and environmental destruction are pressing global social problems nested inside a historical moment characterized by increasing economic insecurity, racial and gender formations of rising inequality and unequal access to all forms of well-being, failing political institutions, degradation of human rights and public discourse, and seemingly intractable, pernicious forms of structural, institutional violence that cut across and exacerbate each of these existential concerns.

The EJ/CJ research hub studies these global contours of environmental and climate injustice, investigates their deep structures and histories, and seeks to intervene in their current political, cultural, economic, and social practices and discourses by engaging the social movements, discursive productions, and policy measures that address them.

Our collective efforts proceed by producing critical knowledges; building transformative knowledge networks that bridge the academic, social movement, and policy domains; and actively intervening publicly in each of these crucial arenas.

UC-CSU KAN Awarded Two-Year Grant

A constituent project of the Orfalea Center’s EJ/CJ Hub, the UC-CSU Knowledge Action Network (UC-CSU KAN), was recently awarded a grant by the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative for upgrading and expanding the UC-CSU KAN Digital Platform. The two-year, $128,000 grant will also be used to scale-up faculty engagement and climate […]

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New Book: What is Critical Environmental Justice?

Environmental Justice/Climate Justice Hub Co-Director David Pellow’s newest book, “What is Critical Environmental Justice?” was recently published by Polity. In this novel book, David Naguib Pellow introduces a new framework for critically analyzing Environmental Justice scholarship and activism. In doing so he extends the field’s focus to topics not usually associated with […]

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