It’s well-known that environmental degradation and climate change disproportionately affects low-income communities and communities of color. It’s also well-known that the environmental movement is largely white and middle- to upper-class. If you are interested in learning more about this, and how you can push to create change in your community, please come to the weekly Environmental Justice Dialogue series, hosted by the UM Environmental Justice Dialogue!!

Through these dialogues we hope to increase understanding, discussion and conversation about EJ [Environmental Justice] on UM campus and in Ann Arbor. We hope to work together to increase our knowledge through discussion and dialogues about the EJ movement, EJ issues around the world, tactics/tools of resistance, and our own complicity and stake in promoting these injustices.

The dialogues are open to all levels of knowledge, skillsets and experiences in environmental justice! With rotating facilitators, they range from presentations about new topics, active discussions, watching relevant documentaries and bringing in speakers for moderated panels.

Meetings are held on the second floor of the Trotter Multicultural Center (1443 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor) every other Wednesday at 7:30.

As of this post, the next one will be held on February 22nd, where Amanda Edmonds (director of Growing Hope, and mayor of Ypsilanti) will be talking with attendees about food justice, food access, and equity in the food production and harvesting industries.

Click here for the Facebook event for the February 22nd meeting.

Click here to follow the Environmental Justice Dialogue Series on Facebook.

[Image courtesy of the Environmental Justice Dialogue Series.]