Tuesday, September 28
4:00 - 5:30 pm
250 Joralemon Street
This event is open to all current students.
Brooklyn Law School welcomes author Steve Lerner, whose new book, Sacrifice Zones: The Front Lines of Toxic Chemical Exposure in the United States, was recently published by MIT Press.
Steve Lerner is the Research Director of Commonweal, a health and environmental research institute based in California. He has spent many years chronicling the people behind the environmental movement, including some of its most important entrepreneurs. A prolific author, his recent works include Eco-Pioneers: Practical Visionaries Solving Today's Environmental Problems and Diamond: A Struggle for Environmental Justice in Louisiana's Chemical Corridor, both from MIT Press. His new book documents twelve "fenceline communities," which are often located within the shadows of industry, as they make sense of air pollution, chemical spills, and other threats to their health and safety. He also follows some of the "accidental activists" who as longtime residents of these mostly poor and minority communities took it upon themselves to organize around new approaches to monitoring and reducing toxic pollution.
"Brooklyn Law School is proud to host Steve, to listen to formerly untold stories of the front lines of the environmental justice movement, and to continue a dialogue around this important subject within the academic community," said Gregg Macey, Assistant Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. "I learned about Steve's work when I was researching the subject of his last book, the Diamond community in Louisiana. I admire the care with which he goes about his research and his willingness to let residents tell their own story through his writing. He also points to the limits of our aging, media-specific, and in many ways imperfect environmental laws and methods of enforcement. It would be difficult to not be moved by Steve's case studies, and for that reason alone they deserve a wide audience."
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