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Your Call: What can be done to break the environmental movement’s “green ceiling”?



On the December 2nd, 2014 edition of Your Call, we'll rebroadcast a conversation about how people of color are significantly underrepresented in environmental groups, especially at the leadership level. A recent study calls it a “green ceiling,” noting that people of color make up only 12-16% of most environmental organizations. How is this affecting the priorities and strategies of the environmental movement? What can we do to ensure that populations most vulnerable to climate change and pollution, such as low-income, city dwellers, and people of color, have a say in the movement? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.


Dr. Dorceta Taylor, Professor and Environmental Justice Field of Studies Coordinator at the University of Michigan, and author of the book “Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution and Residential Mobility

Vien Truong, Environmental Equity Director at the Greenlining Institute

Web Resources:

Greenlining Institute

Dorceta Taylor’s report: Diverse Green

Grist: Are there two different versions of environmentalism, one “white,” one “black”?

350.org: Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson

 New Pittsburgh Courier: EPA to require air pollution measurements in Black communities

 Environmental Health News: Unequal exposures: People in poor, non-white neighborhoods breathe more hazardous particles

 Scientific American: Reservations about Toxic Waste: Native American Tribes Encouraged to Turn Down Lucrative Hazardous Disposal Deals