Our mission

What is Environmental Justice?

Environmental Justice emerged in the second half of the twentieth century as both a field of study and a political movement with roots in the Civil Rights Movement. In the United States, this started with communities of color fighting to address the disproportionate toxic contamination of the places where they lived and worked.

Today, the field of Environmental Justice studies more broadly inequities in environmental decision making and environmental risk exposition, as well as policies, movements, legal and legislative actions which help build an environmentally just society.

What does the Environmental Justice Program do?

The Georgetown Environmental Justice Program will identify key conceptual frameworks that form a link between practical ethics and the improvement of the lives of disadvantaged people affected by environmental degradation. Some of the initial goals of the program include building an interdisciplinary team of scholars from ecology, philosophy and economics; developing educational programs to build the next generation of leaders in environmental justice across a range of disciplines; identifying key agencies and leaders to ensure that policy and regulation advance environmental justice; and convening worldwide leaders working in the field.

How does the Program work?

Environmental Justice is an interdisciplinary field of study: no single field of knowledge is enough to guide a just transition to a more sustainable world. This is why the GEJP brings together scholars of many disciplines, from economics and literature to physics and biology. Our multi-disciplinarity allows us to develop comprehensive, equitable, actionable policies for a just transition.

The question of environmental justice is global at its core, and so is our team: bringing together scholars from both sides of the Atlantic and collaborating with countries of all continents, the GEJP tackles environmental justice as a transnational issue which disproportionately impacts lower-income countries.

last updated: 02-02-21