According to the Energy Justice Network, “Environmental racism is the disproportionate impact of environmental hazards on people of color. Environmental justice is the movement’s response to environmental racism…The environmental justice movement isn’t seeking to simply redistribute environmental harms, but to abolish them.”
The environmental justice movement is guided by the 17 Principles of Environmental Justice that were adopted at the landmark First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit in 1991. These principles lay out a framework beyond limited visions of equity and resource management. Instead, they move towards re-establishing “spiritual interdependence to the sacredness of our Mother Earth”, as well as “political, economic and cultural liberation that has been denied for over 500 years of colonization and oppression”.
At SERC, we are guided by this history and ongoing grassroots struggles for environmental justice. We seek to strengthen the collective effectiveness of UC Berkeley’s sustainability community and provide resources for students to actualize their vision of a more socially just and resilient future. Inspired by the work of the Students of Color Environmental Collective, SERC aims to give better environmental justice resources to all UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty. We hope to provide educational environmental justice workshops, resources, guidance, and toolkits that will help us collectively nourish, navigate, challenge, and push the campus, local, national, and global environmental justice movement.
Environmental Justice Resources
- Disability and the Environment
- Economy and the Environment
- Environmental Justice Movement
- Food and the Environment
- Gender and the Environment
- Immigration and the Environment
- Race and the Environment
Our resources were updated in Fall 2022 with the help of SERC’s Environmental Justice Coalition members Erin Shaotran and Krishna Parekh.
If you come across any resources that you want to share through this folder or have any additional comments/suggestions/concerns please email our Environmental Justice Associate, Jacqueline Canchola-Martinez at email@example.com with the subject topic [EJ Resource Submission]. Thank you!