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Environmental Justice Project


For 2011-2014 Professor Beth Rose Middleton will be serving as the Director of the Environmental Justice Project. Beth Rose is an Assistant Professor in Native American Studies. Beth Rose's research centers on Native environmental policy and Native activism for site protection using conservation tools. She is engaged in participatory action research on Maidu land rights history and contemporary land claims in northeastern California. Beth Rose applies theories from coloniality of power, indigeneity, community development, political ecology, participatory methodologies, and geography.

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The Environmental Justice Project invites you to explore a collection of our events, projects, and publications from 2007-2009.


This collection of publications and interviews builds community understanding of environmental injustice in California's Central Valley. Community perspectives were gathered focused on environmental health disparities and a searchable annotated bibliography organizes the literature for this rapidly emerging area of research that has given voice and power to this region's struggle against environmental injustice.

>>> See the Inventory


This spring one student's master's thesis comes to life with 25 stories of personal change and civic engagement -- sometimes shocking, sometimes sad, always inspiring. This campus-community project uses photos, theater, stories and sound to paint a vivid picture of the environmental problems faced by Central Valley communities as told by women leading the movement struggling to solve them.

>>> Voices from the Valley


The Project

The Environmental Justice Project at the UC Davis John Muir Institute of the Environment encourages and develops interdisciplinary research that affords public health and environmental protection for all regardless of race, age, culture, income or geographic location.