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Intersectional Environmentalism

"[Intersectional environmentalism] is an inclusive version of environmentalism that advocates for both the protection of people and the planet. It identifies the ways in which injustices happening to marginalized communities and the earth are interconnected. It brings injustices done to the most vulnerable communities, and the earth, to the forefront and does not minimize or silence social inequality. Intersectional environmentalism advocates for justice for people + the planet."

Leah Thomas (Chapman Environmental Science and Policy Alumni)

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Sustainability and COVID-19

Environmental Impact: Although there has been a crash in carbon/pollution (4-8%), the carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere and warming of the planet won't stabilize until the world reaches net-zero (Source: BBC). The Corona Virus is impacting the environment in both positive and negative ways; although people all over the world are seeing cleaner air and water ways, there is also an increase in disgarded facemasks, gloves, and disinfectant wipe disposal and littering (Source: NPR). 


Intersectional Connection: COVID-19 effects racial and ethnic minority groups in disproportionately due to "long-standing systemic health ans social inequities" (Source: CDC). The CDC notes that some of the factors that contribute to increased risks within these populations include discrimination, healthcare access, occcupation, wealth gaps, housing, and environmental injustices. Read more about the issues that environmental racism have upon BIPOC during the time of the pandemic in our latest blog post


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For information about how the Pandemic is effecting the University, please refer to the Coronavirus Update page