On February 26, Volume 40 of the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review (ELPR), together with the Virginia Coastal Policy Center, hosted the spring symposium “And Justice for All: Current Developments in Environmental Studies.”
The event focused on increasing awareness of environmental justice issues and delineating legal means of ensuring environmental justice both domestically and abroad, and featured speakers from academia, government, and non-profits.
Dean Davison M. Douglas, in opening remarks, praised ELPR’s initiative in coordinating the symposium and bringing the salient issues to the attention of those in attendance.
Panel subjects during the day-long event included: “What is environmental justice?” “Environmental Justice Where We Live, Work, & Play,” “Grassroots Leadership,” and “International Environmental Justice.”
“We want to inspire everyone who attends to be more mindful of the critical issue of environmental justice,” commented Rosemary Hambright J.D. ’16, ELPR Symposium Editor and chief organizer of the event. “Our goal was to feature speakers from different levels of involvement, from the grassroots level to the federal government, to raise awareness and stimulate insightful conversations.”
Panelists such as Daniel E. Gogal of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Justice, Alice Kaswan of the University of San Francisco School of Law, and Dr. Erica Holloman of the Southeast CARE Coalition of Newport News highlighted the historical context and modern developments of environmental justice affairs in the United States.
Remarks from the panelists and questions from the audience emphasized the critical importance of immediate involvement and tangible solutions to the challenges being faced in the environmental justice arena.
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