August 31st and September 2nd
Session Two: Central Concepts
- Bring in written definitions of the following concepts and be prepared to discuss them: class, race, ethnicity, poverty, nature, environment, urban, right, prejudice, discrimination, racism, institutionalized racism, toxics, public health, protection from harm.
- the hierarchical classification of people based on wealth
- the economic system of control within a society
- a social construct to categorize individuals
- the hierarchical classification of people based on race
- ethnicity: a social group that shares common religion, history, etc.
- poverty: lacking sufficient resources to survive and flourish
- all the plants and animals and the natural landscape
- the collective physical world
- if you subtract humans from the world, everything that’s left
- all the surrounding things including people, animals, etc which impact our lives.
- where we live, work, play, pray, advocate, learn, love, move
- urban (latin for city)
- having to do with cities or towns
- metropolis, metropolitan (greek for city)
- something to which someone is entitled
- the right thing to do
- prejudice: beliefs that some groups are better than other groups.
- discrimination: acting on the basis of prejudice to steal power and/or resources from a marginalized group in order to benefit a privileged group.
- racism: the collective theft of power and resources from racially marginalized groups to benefit racially privileged groups
- institutionalized racism: one of the three levels of systemic racism, institutional racism includes racism in institutions like education, the police, and in hiring.
- toxics: pollutants in the environment
- public health: the policies and institutions dedicated to improving and maintaining the health of the public.
- protection from harm: the way that privileged groups are protected by shifting risks and harms onto marginalized groups.
- Bring in the names and emails of the congress people and senators that represent your district.
- What do you think of when you hear the term “environmental justice”?
- What do you think the concept “environmental justice” implies and is aiming for?
- How does environmental justice relate to the planning of the urban environment and to people’s everyday lives?
NO ASSIGNED READING FOR SESSION TWO