Students, community leaders shed light on environmental racism
The Western Front
February 12, 2015
A lecture hall in Academic West crackled Wednesday evening as Western Washington University students snapped their fingers in agreement with guest speakers who shared their thoughts on environmental injustice.
The Wednesday, Feb. 11, event titled “Environmental Racism” showcased how environmental policy and social norms negatively impact communities of color.
Community justice leader Rosalinda Guillen grew up working in a migrant farm labor community and shared from experience how farmer workers who feed Americans are being displaced by trade agreements. She said she’s witnessed entire agricultural communities that have lost access to water, and therefore their livelihood.
Guillen said environmental racism is all about profit and ownership.
“We do not own the land, the land owns us,” she said. “We do not own mother nature, she owns us.”
Israel Rios from the Social Issues Resource Center said the purpose of the event was to raise awareness about environmental and social injustices, which often overlap….