Pre-Workshop Readings

Please review these readings before the start of the workshop:

Principles of Environmental Justice. Delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held on October 24-27, 1991, in Washington DC, drafted and adopted 17 principles of Environmental Justice. Since then, The Principles have served as a defining document for the growing grassroots movement for environmental justice.

Dying in My Father’s Arms, on pages 1 and 2 of the Summer 2008 issue of From the Ground Up, the newsletter of Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF), a non-profit advocacy organization.

The Dangers of Pesticides for Farmworkers, from Farmworker Justice, a non-profit advocacy organization.

The Environmental Justice Movement, a brief history from the National Resource Defense Council by Renee Skelton and Vernice Miller.

Real People — Real Stories: Afton, NC (Warren County), brief summary (pdf). From The Exchange Project at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Toxic Flame Retardants: Why Does Kids’ Exposure Vary by Race and Socioeconomics? Article in Healthland, Time Magazine, about Dr. Heather Stapleton’s research at Duke University.

Connecting Service Learning to the Curriculum, from the Community Works Institute. By Susan Bonthron & Joe Brooks.

Workshop Resources

Please use the following resources before, during, and after the workshop:

Real People — Real Stories: Afton, NC (Warren County), full case study (pdf). From The Exchange Project at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Introducing students to environmental justice: A North Carolina case study: A lesson plan for grades 8–12 Science and Social Studies. Developed by the UNC Superfund Research Program and the UNC Insititute for the Environment — Environmental Resource Program

Pollution, Poverty, People of Color, a series of stories examining environmental justice issues. For this project, Environmental Health News dispatched reporters to seven communities across the United States to report on their struggles to cope with an array of environmental threats.

EPA’s “Clean Ups in My Community Page,” which shows places in the US where pollution is being or has been cleaned up.


Center for Health, Environment, & Justice. An organization that supports communities organizing on environmental justice issues.