Loyola University Maryland


Environmental Justice: Beyond Rhetoric

Committment to Justice Flyer

About the Event: 

Our common home provides us food, air, and water. How are we protecting it? Are we being effective and just? Many people in our community were affected by Superstorm Sandy, and increasing numbers of storms are expected in the coming decades. Are we resilient as a society? Do all members of our society have access to resiliency?

We are called to a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We are challenged to seek sustainable and integral development to bring the whole human family together. At Loyola, how may we deepen our understanding in order to respond? How may we each contribute, going forward?

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About the Panel Members: 

  • Emily Chambers is a senior Materials Engineering major at Loyola University Maryland. Emily has become increasingly interested and invested in sustainability initiatives at Loyola since her involvement in “The Good Stuff Campaign” after her freshman year. She has served as the Sustainability Advisor for the Student Government Association, participated in the Spring Break Outreach trip focused on the intersection of the environment and energy in West Virginia, and also was the caretaker of Loyola’s garden during Summer 2015. This past summer, Emilyconducted research in Aachen, Germany on alternative strain sensors for renewable energy applications. After her time at Loyola, Emily will pursue her doctorate degree in Materials Engineering.
  • Dante Swinton relocated to Baltimore in 2014. He is a Masters candidate in Nonprofit Management and Social Entreneurship at the University of Baltimore. Beginning his time with Energy Justice Network in August of 2015, Dante has held numerous meetings with legislators and members of the Department of Public Works to advocate against incineration in favor of zero waste policies that would diminish pollution and create jobs for Baltimore.
  • Dr. Ron Tanner is professor of writing at Loyola University Maryland, where he teaches fiction and essay writing, among other courses. He is the director of the Marshall Islands Story Project. The project, which started in 2007 with a grant from the National Park Service, aims to collect, translate and preserve their people's oral history and the importance of their natural environment.

About the Moderator:

  • Elizabeth Dahl is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry at Loyola University Maryland.  Her research focuses on the sources of alkyl nitrates in the oceans and the impact on tropospheric chemistry which involves working both on ships and in the laboratory.  She has a PhD in Earth System Science from University of California, Irvine and has mentored over a dozen undergraduate research students during her time at Loyola.  In addition, she also advises the Loyola Environmental Action Club and volunteers some local and regional environmental organizations.  In her spare time she likes to spend time with her family, explore the outdoors, garden, and cook.

Contributing Artist - Taylor Smith-Hams

  • Taylor Smith-Hams' work is motivated by the threats that environmental pollution and climate change pose to human wellbeing.  She is particularly interested in environmental justice and the human rights violations that manifest in disruptions of vital food, water, and energy systems.  By conducting local and international field research and working with nonprofits and advocacy campaigns, she engages with environmental struggles via multiple disciplines and navigate varied means of expression to build toward a just environmental ethic.   For more information visit her website. 

Questions for Further Reflection and Discussion: 

  • How much waste do you divert? After this panel, have you been encouraged to increase that rate? Why/why not?
  • How do your daily consumption habits of food, water, energy, gasoline, paper, clothing, etc., affect the well-being and livelihood of others? May this allow you to reflect on your relationships with others in close proximity to you, within your city, your nation, and worldwide. 
  • How does it make you feel that the air you breath is not clean?  Is there any action you can take to better the situation for yourself and those around you?. 

For more information about this event and further opportunities, contact messina@loyola.edu

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