J500 Media and the Environment


Environmentalism is for white people by jseverin

While scrolling through past posts on the popular blog “Stuff White People Like“, I couldn’t help but notice that many of the things white people seem to like have been discussed on this blog: farmer’s markets, veganism, transportation, bottled water, and even evil corporations, just to name a few. Based on this, environmental injustice shouldn’t really exist, right?

In all seriousness, though, I recall listening to Dr. Dorceta Taylor speak on “Diversity and the Environment” last fall during the Greening of the Campus VII conference at Ball State University. In discussing her impressive program at the University of Michigan and minorities in environmental leadership, she dispelled the myth that “minorities aren’t interested in the environment”. Dr. Taylor argued that it wasn’t a matter of not caring but of using a different terminology for the issues that minority communities face. Sadly, the concept of “justice” isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind when people talk about “environmentalism”. In any case, Dr. Taylor’s argument is yet another reminder that environmentalism is about more than just being “green”

– Jeff


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