Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Dr. Robert Bullard, know - the “father of environmental justice.” - Hurricane Harvey

I remember reports from Amy Goodman in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina about finding a dead body and trying in vain to find someone to come and take it away; also how prisoners were kept locked up to face their fate.

Hurricane Harvey: Zip Code & Race Determine Who Will Bear Burden Of Climate Chang




Concern continues to grow over the environmental impact of Hurricane Harvey on the Houston area, home to more than a dozen oil refineries. The group Air Alliance Houston is warning the shutdown of the petrochemical plants will send more than 1 million pounds of harmful pollution into the air. Residents of Houston’s industrial communities have reported unbearable chemical-like smells coming from the many plants nearby. Stranded communities are “literally getting gassed by these chemicals," according to Bryan Parras, an activist at the environmental justice group t.e.j.a.s. Those closest to these sites in Houston are disproportionately low-income and minority communities. We speak with Dr. Robert Bullard, known as the “father of environmental justice.” He is currently a distinguished professor at Texas Southern University. Dr. Bullard speaks to us from his home in Houston, which he needs to evacuate later this morning due to the rising Brazos River.

No comments:

Post a Comment