Environmental Justice and Sustainability: Is Environmental Sustainability Possible Without Environmental Justice?

Instructor: Tomás Garduño

Fulfills requirement: Case Study (CS) OR Tools (T)
Day: Thursday
Dates: April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3 (Module 3, 5 sessions)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Room location: Schermerhorn Extension 652
Course number: ENVB 0384 N
Call number: 73332

Course Description

This course will explore the question, “Is environmental sustainability possible without environmental justice?” The focus will be on environmental racism in the USA and internationally, the relationship between race and the environment, and whether or not environmental sustainability can be achieved in a racially-biased society. Through case studies, the course will assess the current state of environmental sustainability and attempt to determine the causes of the current state of the environment. The course will also assess the current state of racial equality in these same locales. By overlaying these two assessments we will attempt to determine whether there is a causal, corollary, or no relationship whatsoever between race and the environment. To be able to determine the relationship, the course will also explore two key concepts: environmental racism and externalization of cost.

About the Instructor

Tomás Garduño is a social justice organizer with over 15 years’ experience in the social justice movement. Tomás played key roles in several significant moments of the social justice movement, including the anti-globalization protests against the World Trade Organization in Seattle in 1999, The People’s Climate March, and many grassroots environmental and economic justice campaigns in Portland, OR, Albuquerque, New Mexico and Brooklyn, New York. He has worked for Western States Center, Community Alliance of Tenants, ROOTS! Reclaiming Our Origins Through Struggle, Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice, the SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP), and ALIGN: Alliance for a Greater New York. Tomás is currently coaching six social justice organizations around the country.