Students Bring Focus to Environmental Justice in Sustainability
Students for a Sustainable Stanford and 10 other student groups hosted a series of events to draw attention to local environmental justice issues and pique interest on campus about the topic. Over the course of the weeklong program, students had the opportunity to participate in panel discussions, a movie screening, workshops, and social events. Highlights of the week included:
- A panel featuring three representatives from California nonprofit Líderes Campesinas, focused on the impact that working with pesticides has on women’s lives
- A screening and follow-up discussion of the film Tipping Point: The End of Oil, which alerted the mass media to the immense amounts of downstream water and air pollution released by the world’s biggest energy project—production at the Canadian tar sands—and how a small native community downstream and leading scientists are striving to fight back
- A panel discussion identifying environmental justice issues near Stanford, what is being done to address them, and how individuals can get involved. The panel featured Annie Loya, the former executive director of East Palo Alto’s Youth United for Community Action; Dr. Donald Barr, professor of pediatrics at Stanford; and Michelle Anderson, professor at Stanford Law School, as moderator.
- A workshop encouraging student engagement in environmental justice in the Stanford community and nearby
- A vegan cooking workshop and food justice discussion concerning nutrition and lack of access to healthy foods for many people of color and low-income people