GEOG 430
Human Use of the Environment

Lesson 4 Overview


Environmental Justice:

This week, we will learn about Environmental Justice/ injustice, Environmental Racism, and the ways that structural racism result in exposure to and protection from environmental and health hazards. We will examine the ways that less powerful communities have unequal access to and involvement in decision-making processes around their environments and related health and well-being outcomes. We will examine case studies from New York, California, and Mississippi. Some students find the material this week challenging and even emotionally difficult; please keep an open mind while you work through the material this week!

Consider these questions as you go through the material for this week as well as when completing your assignment:

  • Who gets to make decisions about human use of the environment?
  • Who benefits from these decisions?
  • Who bears the negative impacts?

Lesson 4 Checklist

To Read

Read the Lesson 4 course content.

Use the links below to continue moving through the lesson material.

Pulido, L. 2000. ‘‘Rethinking Environmental Racism: White Privilege and Urban Development in Southern California.’’ Annals of the Association of American Geographers 90:12–40 A link to the reading is located in the Lesson 4 module in Canvas.
To Watch Film: Mahan, L. (Producer and Director) and Greenberg, J. (Producer). (2009) Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek [Documentary]. United States: Leah Mahan Productions A link to the film is provided in the lesson content.
To Submit Take the Quiz #4 by Saturday at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. Located in the Lesson 4 module in Canvas
Post your Lesson 4 Discussion and Activities by Saturday at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. Located in the Lesson 4 module in Canvas
Please refer to the Calendar in Canvas for specific time frames and due dates.