|From:||Emery Graham <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Tue, 4 May 1999 10:56:49 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||Learning and Action|
Moving Communities to Action I'm beginning an effort to develop a set of activities that households located in chemically impacted areas might routinely execute in order to decrease the negative health impacts of the pollutants. I need some feedback and thinking around this idea. Like learning to use computer programs and other tools, the simplest acts of environmental self preservation tend to provide similar learning effects. As much as EPA, ASTDR, and NIEH purport to promote environmental justice, none of them have integrated the research on moving social groups into action with the efforts to generate effective citizen participation. I suspect that if households, and hence communities, begin to carry out a set of basic environmental pollution self preservation routines there will be a marked increase in citizen participation. I suspect that citizens will become very sensitive to the notion that all development is local and that there is an inherent "lack of justice" associated with the devil's choice between "jobs with pollution," or "no pollution, no jobs."
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