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Feb. 22: Environmental Justice Is Topic for Hot Science, Cool Talks

February 14, 2013

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Environmental Justice:  Progress towards Sustainability, with Dr. Robert Bullard on Feb. 22 in the SAC Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.

Hurricane Katrina provided a startling reminder that environmental health threats such as pollution and climate change disproportionately affect historically disadvantaged communities in our society. Some progress has been made in environmental law and governance, policy and planning in the United States, yet major work lies ahead in order to eliminate disparities and achieve the goal of global health and sustainability. Dr. Bullard, who is known as the father of environmental justice, will present an insightful account of events, individuals, and organizations that have shaped the environmental justice movement over the past two decades.  He will also describe a framework for how major advances in environmental justice can and should be achieved. 

Sponsored by UT’s Green Fee and Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. Dr. Leonard Moore, associate vice president for academic diversity initiatives and civic engagement will provide opening remarks. The event begins with a pre-lecture fair for students 5th-8th grades at 5:45-7 p.m.

For more information visit, the Hot Science, Cool Talks web page.

About the Hot Science, Cool Talks Outreach Series

Since 1999,  the series has presented free, informal public lectures by nationally recognized scientists, supported by interactive learning activities and teaching resources for an audience of 5th-12th grade students and teachers, university students and Austin residents. The series is organized by Dr. Jay Banner, Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geological Sciences.

 

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