First Environmental Justice Workshop – Farmworker Justice
From June 15-19, 2012, we hosted an Environmental Justice Workshop on Duke University’s campus, introducing participants to concepts about environmental health, environmental justice, and sustainability and with a particular emphasis on the issues affecting farmworkers and their health in North Carolina. We hosted 11 participants, including students and faculty from our partner institution, Johnson C. Smith University (a historically black university in Charlotte, NC); Charlotte-area community members; and educators from Mecklenberg County, NC. The workshop provided participants with an introductory training on Superfund-related topics surrounding environmental justice and was designed for them to bring these topics back to their classrooms and communities.
Over five days, we met with environmental health and ecotoxicology researchers at Duke; toured local farms; visited Warren County, NC, the site of a former PCB landfill and historic civil disobedience protests against it; met with staff at a health clinic in Wake County, NC, that serves migrant farmworkers; and had rich conversations synthesizing our experiences. These participants will return to Duke in June of 2013, joined by a new group of students, educators, and community members.
Materials associated with the workshop can be found on the workshop’s website.