Environmental Justice Workers
disasters like Hurricane Katrina have drawn people’s attention to the fact that
socioeconomic inequities don’t just harm peoples’ pocketbooks—they also make
certain populations more vulnerable to environmental harms. So says Professor
Scott Herron at Ferris State University in Michigan.
According to Herron, nonprofits, local and national governments, and international NGOs are increasingly seeking experts, activists and organizers who understand this complex dynamic and can speak on behalf of disadvantaged communities. Talented environmentalists can help populations whose neighborhoods are located close to plants and refineries, bad levees, earthquake fault zones or other environmental harms.