Environmental Justice (EJAY)


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Environmental justice lies at the intersection of social justice and environmental sustainability. The environmental justice movement aims to end the disproportionate impacts of environmental burdens on people of color, poor people, indigenous peoples, women, and other marginalized communities locally and globally.

Among many others, environmental injustices include:
  • Concentration of toxic waste in communities of color
  • Lack of access to healthy food in poor neighborhoods
  • Labor abuses in the agricultural, extractive, energy, and other industries
  • Life-threatening climate change impacts to communities in the global south caused by emissions from the global north
  • Dispossession of indigenous peoples to make way for protected areas
Environmental Justice at Yale (EJAY) is a student interest group (SIG) at the Yale School of the Environment (YSE). We promote environmental justice scholarship and activism on campus. Our activities vary each year depending on the interests of our members. One of our current interests is in decolonizing conservation.

We closed out last school year with over 200 participants at an amazing teach-in by Noah Schlager (MESc 2018) on the colonial, anti-indigenous history of early US environmentalists, including some of the founding figures of YSE. If you missed it, you can watch the video here. Uncovering this history is a first step towards building a decolonized conservation movement based on human rights and social justice.
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During the 2018-2019 school year EJAY hopes to get YSE students more involved in campus activism, such as the ongoing campaign to divest Yale’s endowment from fossil fuels. We also will keep working to dismantle racism and colonialism at YSE, which was a demand of student activism last school-year. We recognize the school has made some steps towards this goal, but still has a long way to go. EJAY is committed to advancing much-needed conversations about race, gender and equity within the institution and beyond. We are open to new ideas and collaborations on any environmental justice issue!

Everyone is welcome to join EJAY! To stay in the loop, please join our email list and like our Facebook page.  Feel free to also contact any of us at the emails below.

SIG Leaders 

Zander De Jesus (alexander.dejesus@yale.edu)
Kieren Rudge (kieren.rudge@yale.edu)