The Center for EcoJustice had a successful inaugural conference on “The Intersection of Water and Environmental Racism” on October 24-26, 2019. The three-day conference had more than 80 attendees who participated in engaging discussions following presentations by leading environmental scientists, activists, politicians, journalists, academics, and faith experts. Speakers included Colorado’s former Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., Flint Democracy Defense League co-founder Nayyirah Shariff, and Detroit-based environmental justice activist Michelle Martinez. Following the conference, Professor Miguel De La Torre, who heads the Center, published a book highlighting the presentations at the conference. The Center is currently planning its second conference to be held in 2021, on “Shifting Climate, Shifting People.”

 “The greatest threat to humanity is the continuous degradation of the global environment; and those at the forefront are disproportionately communities of color. Hence, our focus, since the beginning, has been environmental racism.”

Professor Miguel De La Torre