The Environmental Justice Specialization and the Latina/o Studies Program
of the University of Michigan propose to organize a retrieval/dissemination
conference focusing on Latina/o issues and the environment. Scholars will
present papers addressing the disproportionate impact of environmental
hazards on Latina/o communities. The focus will be on topic such as environmental
justice issues and water and land tenure issues in Southwest United States
and environmental justice issues along the United States/Mexican border.
The outcome of this conference will be a book of readings to educate scholars
and laypeople about the environmental plights of Latina/os both domestically
and internationally. The results of this conference will be disseminated
though a variety of electronic media.
Global Climate Change and Environmental Justice Teach-in
The effects of greenhouse gases are currently a topic of debate by scientists,
government policymakers, and laypeople. Most reputable scientists studying
greenhouse gases believe the effects of climate change will be catastrophic,
and they call for immediate action to ameliorate the conditions giving
rise to such gases. Global warming promises to become one of the most
important political debates of this century due to its unprecedented threat
to the environment. Will global warming impact all people equally regardless
of their income, race, or nationality? The conference hopes to address
this question and will draw students and presenters from across the country
and the world to engage in this three to four day event.