Environmental Justice Casebook

In this project with Cliff Villa, Rebecca Bratspies, and Roger Lin, I worked to update the original work by Clifford Rechtschaffen, Eileen Gaua, and Catherine O’Neill. The book was sent to the printers last Friday. Thank you to Carolina Academic Press for the opportunity.

Environmental Justice: Law, Policy, and Regulation explores theory and practice in this dynamic subject, which fuses environmental law and civil rights enforcement. From early concerns over toxic waste in minority communities, environmental justice expanded to consider the range of environmental threats facing poor, immigrant, and indigenous communities; women, children, and seniors; and other vulnerable populations. This third edition provides extensively updated materials to address environmental justice concerns today, including oil drilling in the Arctic, the Dakota Access Pipeline, drinking water contamination in Flint, and the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Featuring new chapters addressing disaster justice and food justice, this new edition also expands coverage of environmental enforcement, contaminated sites, climate justice, and environmental justice in Indian country, all with an eye towards identifying modern challenges and available tools for the continuing pursuit of environmental justice.

Environmental Justice: Law, Policy & Regulation (3rd edition)

We have a corroded faucet over the book cover to epitomize the essential struggle of environmental justice. The contamination of water is difficult to detect and most severely impacts communities of color and poor people. in Urdu, pani ka nal gets translated as faucet. We also call that water nahla ka pani or tap water. Urdu, Punjabi, and Hindi use variations of the word/phrase to mean the same thing. The word (nahla) actually arrives from Arabic to describe that first drink of water or water in the desert. In Swahili, nahla is a gift. In Sanskrit, nahla refers to a stem or hollow reed.

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