Lecture / Reading

The How and the Now: Situating Sustainability in a Moment of Danger

Sponsored by Haas Center for Public Service, Urban Studies Program, Earth Systems Program, John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center, Department of Earth System Science


Wednesday, December 4, 2019
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
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Join Professor Julie Sze, who will be giving a talk about her upcoming book, Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger (University of California Press, 2020).

We are living in a precarious environmental and political moment. In the United States and in the world, environmental injustices have manifested across racial and class divides in devastatingly disproportionate ways. What does this moment of danger mean for the environment and for justice? What can we learn from environmental justice struggles?

Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger examines mobilizations and movements, from protests at Standing Rock to activism in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Environmental justice movements fight, survive, love, and create in the face of violence that challenges the conditions of life itself. Exploring dispossession, deregulation, privatization, and inequality, this book is the essential primer on environmental justice, packed with cautiously hopeful stories for the future.

Julie Sze is Professor of American Studies and Founding Director of the Environmental Justice Project at the University of California, Davis. She has authored and edited three books and numerous articles on environmental justice and inequality, culture and environment, and urban and community health and activism.