Environmental Justice (EJ) is a movement that traces its roots to the work of low-income activists of color whose quality of life was deeply impacted by environmental degradation and toxic waste. EJ activism operates at the intersection of environmentalism and social justice, and works to ensure that our actions protect both the environment and the lives of the people who live there.
SSS advocates for EJ in a number of ways. Our EJ Project Group
(est. ~2012) nurtures knowledge and action surrounding environmental issues that disproportionately impact marginalized groups by re-examining environmental issues within the context of socioeconomic class, race, and gender. Projects include working to institutionalize EJ education on campus through petitions for EJ faculty, organizing work days at EJ-oriented farms, collaborating with EJ classes on campus, and participating in demonstrations. SSS also maintains a close relationship with the EJ Working Group, a coalition of students, staff and faculty advocating for EJ scholarship on campus; as well as Students for Environmental and Racial Justice (SERJ), a student committee focused on Environmental & Racial Justice issues at Stanford.
To read more about EJ activism at Stanford, visit https://www.ejstanford.com/.