Climate and Environmental Justice in Cambridge and Beyond
How do we get from Environmental Racism to Justice and Healthy Communities for All?
For the past 100 years, local, state, and federal laws and policies have put Black and Brown communities in direct proximity to environmental toxins.
Families living in housing close to contaminated land and water and heavily used roadways have been disproportionately exposed to health and environmental threats.
In Cambridge, the federally subsidized Fresh Pond Apartments were built in 1968, in an industrial neighborhood, next to a busy roadway, railroad tracks, and close to the city dump. Across the street sat Jerry’s Pond, once a neighborhood swimming pond, but by 1968 closed because of toxic dumping by WR Grace. pollution of the Pond stripped the residents of their summertime recreation.
Join our panel for a conversation that takes both a narrow and wide lens on the urban planning disparities in our local communities, the health impacts of this environmental racism, and what we can do to fight for climate justice now.
Dr. Gaurab Basu, Founding Co-Director, CHA Center for Equity, Education and Advocacy, and Health Equity Fellow at the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Eric Grunebaum, Founder and Director, Friends of Jerry’s Pond
Steven Nutter, Executive Director, Green Cambridge
Jacqueline Vélez, Racial Justice Organizer, Massachusetts Jobs With Justice
Zulmalee Rivera, Springfield Organizer, Neighbor to Neighbor
Moderator, Lori Lander, Many Helping Hands 365