Parks Stewardship Forum
2021 George Wright Society Student Summit
In the realm of socioenvironmental justice, much discourse centers on equal access to green areas and on climate injustice in the United States. Marginalized communities, including Indigenous populations, are being excluded from current narratives surrounding the natural spaces that in many cases are historically tied to under-represented groups. This article aims to explore some of the many dimensions of environmental racism, green inequities, climate injustice, and access. The dimensions include but are not limited to racial gatekeeping, nature deprivation in low-income communities, green gentrification, light pollution, and access to clean water. The recommendations section serves as a guide during decisionmaking processes at the local, state, and federal level, as well as moving forward in offering impacted communities protection from environmental racism and socioenvironmental injustice to impacted communities.
Original Publication Citation
Hicks, A. S., Malone, Z., Moore, M. A., Powell, R., Thompson, A., Whitener, P. A., & Williams, R. (2021). Green inequities: Examining the dimensions of socioenvironmental injustice in marginalized communities. Parks Stewardship Forum, 37(3), 534-540. https://doi.org/10.5070/P537354736
Hicks, Akiebia S.; Malone, Zachary; Moore, Megan A.; Powell, Roslynn; Thompson, Austin; Whitener, Patricia A.; and Williams, Rowan, "Green Inequities: Examining the Dimensions of Socioenvironmental Injustice in Marginalized Communities" (2021). Human Movement Sciences Faculty Publications. 108.