New York, New York
Environment justice is defined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the “fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.” However, some communities have become dumping grounds for the benefit of others -- receptacles for the toxic byproducts that make our consumerism and industrial advancement possible. Through this Breakout trip, we hope to engage such communities in NYC and partner with local organizations to understand the causes and lasting effects of environmental discrimination, policy and advocacy options, and this topic’s intersection with other activism efforts. How are environmental activism efforts complicated by competing developmental activities? How is environmental injustice addressed (or not addressed) at local versus national levels? We hope to find avenues forward for productive environmental decision-making and reflect upon how we are all implicated in this challenge.
Edric Huang ‘18
Edric Huang is a senior from NYC studying Anthropology and pursuing certificates in Urban Studies and Creative Writing. When he isn’t learning more about or acting on a range of social justice issues, you might find him performing on campus with Songline Slam Poetry, BAC:Dance, or HighSteppers -- or just napping somewhere in Frist.
Kathleen Ma ‘18
Kathleen Ma is a senior from Beijing studying public policy, with certificates in Visual Arts and Urban Studies. In her free time, she performs in Songline Slam Poetry, collaborates on creative projects with friends, and runs slowly.