SOCECOL E8 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Brownfield Land, Water Pollution
Course CodeSOCECOL E8
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Social Ecology Department
Social Ecology E8
Environmental Analysis and Design
Course Code: 50000
Discussion Code: 50001
Location: SSLH 100
2019 Spring Quarter
Beginning of Lecture:
● What are the main impacts of california’s drought?
○ California’s climate
● What is the case of China about?
○ Water pollution due to industrialization in china
● Environmental Justice
○ What does environmental justice mean?
■ Fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of
race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development,
implementation, and enforcement laws, regulations, and policies
○ What are some examples of environmental justice/injustice?
■ Examples of environmental injustice
● Areas with higher percentage of minorities have higher
concentration of hazardous air pollution
● Minorities are more likely to live in areas with abandoned toxic
● Most brownfields are located in or near minority communities
● Minorities are more likely to live in environmental hazardous areas
● People of color are exposed to more air pollution than whites
● Unequal exposures is a racial, not an economic issue
○ The difference in exposure of people above and below the
poverty line is less than that between black and white
○ Why is climate change an environmental justice issue?
■ Climate change has disproportionate impacts on minority communities
■ People who have the fewest resources are the least capable of rebuilding
after a disaster
■ Climate change disproportionately hurts women, people with disabilities,
the elderly, and children
○ When looking at the relationship between polluting facilities (such as toxic
storage and disposal facilities TSDF) what do the sitting and move-in hypotheses
■ Were toxic storage and disposal facilities sited in minority communities or
did minority residents move to areas around existing TSDF facilities
● Sitting hypothesis
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