Environmental Justice:
Redefining Environmentalism?

Anna Willow
Department of Anthropology
The Ohio State University

7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Environmental Justice (EJ) movement began in the 1980s with grassroots protests against toxic-waste dumping in an African-American community in North Carolina. EJ is simultaneously an environmental and a social movement. Far from the distant wilderness areas and endangered species that have frequently preoccupied mainstream environmentalists, EJ activists redefine "the environment" as the places we all live, work, and play. Calls for environmental justice are now being heard across the United States and around the world.

This evening's talk will overview the history, main principles, and unifying goals of this emerging movement. Dr. Willow will describe her experiences as a cultural anthropologist working with indigenous anti-clearcutting activists in Northwestern Ontario. She will also introduce and encourage stories about environmental justice issues that have arisen much closer to home, including the case of the former Scioto Ordinance Plant/Marion Engineering Depot.

Here is an audio recording of this science cafe in mp3 format.