Environmental Justice and Climate Justice, with Dr. Sacoby Wilson and Dr. Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò

81 minutes

This episode of Warm Regards focuses on the intersections, but also the disconnects, between environmental justice and climate justice movements. First, Jacquelyn and Ramesh talk with Dr. Sacoby Wilson about his work with communities throughout the United States who are facing the consequences of environmental racism, and his beliefs that scientists’ publications are not enough to enact meaningful change for communities struggling with environmental injustice. We then shift to a more global frame, speaking with Dr. Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò on climate colonialism, and how climate change is inextricably linked with the histories of colonialism, and how we can avoid continuing that legacy in a warming future.

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Show Notes
Environmental justice factsheet from the University of Michigan:

World Resources Institute report on the largest emitters:

Why climate change is an environmental justice issue:

What is climate justice?

Climate change is also a racial justice problem:

The US is the richest country in the world, with the largest wealth gap:

For more about how the response to Hurricane Katrina caused gentrification in New Orleans:

We still don’t know how many people died in Hurricane Katrina:

Don’t repeat the mistakes of the Katrina recovery:

For more about how communities of color are marginalized in terms of solar power:

To read more about Dr. Sacoby WIlson’s work, visit his University of Maryland website:

Dr. Wilson directs the Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health Lab

The Lab can also be found on Medium and Twitter:

Fumes Across the Fenceline

Coal Blooded

Toxic Waste and Race (1987)

Toxic Waste and Race at Twenty

Yessenia Funes's story on Earther

To learn more about Dr. Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò and his work, see his website:

You can also follow him on Twitter:

Selected publications by Dr. Táíwò:


“The Great Climate Migration,” an article by ProPublica and the New York Times, recommended by Dr. Táíwò

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