Environmental policy does not just affect nature and climate; it affects human beings around the globe. There is a great need to consider the effects of environmental inequality—not everyone is equally protected from health and environmental hazards regardless of race, gender, income, or national origin.
We live in times of serious and daunting social, economic, and political challenges, in no small part because of unprecedented, human-induced shifts in natural systems. Response to these challenges requires social and political innovations.
With the Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, the State Policy Program has initiated three environmental justice research community-building projects.