April 29, 2021
12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Economically disadvantaged communities repeatedly face the greatest health risks from environmental disasters. Environmental justice― the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin or income with respect to environmental laws, regulations and policies―strives to change unfair practices in the wake of environmental disasters by advocating for fair treatment of all communities.
Notwithstanding the impacts to physical health, environmental disasters can also damage and destroy important historic places that support a community’s mental and emotional health. When a community loses its historic homes, schools, churches, landscapes, traditions and culture, much of their sense of continuity, memory, and identity is lost.
Join Preservation Virginia and representatives from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Virginia Interfaith Power & Light, Virginia’s Council on Environmental Justice, the Pine Grove School Community in Cumberland County, the Union Hill Community in Buckingham County, the Chesterfield Heights Neighborhood of Norfolk, The City of Norfolk and Wetlands Watch as we discuss examples of environmental injustice, its impacts on historic resources in traditionally disadvantages communities and ways these injustices can be addressed.