“Transportation is a civil rights issue…it’s not just about equal rights…it’s about the right to access including voting rights.”–Dr. Robert Bullard
The environmental justice movement has been around for decades, but has recently come to the forefront of mainstream discussion with the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill. The Biden Administration has emphasized social equity and the need to address historically unfair placement of large-scale infrastructure projects in and around communities of color. What does a renewed focus on this topic mean in today’s context and how can communities have a voice in their own future?
Listen in as Ten Across founder Duke Reiter talks with “The Father of Environmental Justice,” Dr. Robert Bullard about the roots of the modern movement and how we can address past wrongs at a large scale.
Dr. Robert Bullard is Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University. Known as the “Father of Environmental Justice,” he has written several books addressing a wide variety of issues from environmental racism, to housing and transportation, to climate justice. He received his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University and has previously taught at Clark Atlanta University, University of California-Riverside, and University of California-Berkeley.