Environmental Justice Readings   



The goal of this assignment is to reflect on the connections between human society and the world we inhabit. You will read two opinion articles that draw connections between how we think and live as a society and how we interact with our environment. Then you will reflect on the points made by the authors by answering two questions, one from each article. The ideas presented in these articles may give context for many of the topics we discuss in class throughout the rest of the semester.






Read the article by Bill McKibben, Making a Planet Worth Saving.

Read the article by Marcia Bjornerud, How Geology Can Ease Your Mind.






Choose one discussion question from each group below and write a response (200 words max for each).


1. The article, "Making a planet worth saving," by Bill McKibben, was written shortly after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.


  • What connections does McKibben draw between our society's reliance on fossil fuels, climate change, and racial inequality? Explain.
  • How are individual health, police brutality, and environmental pollution connected?
  • What are the connections between racial justice and climate justice?


2. Based on the article, "How geology can ease your mind," by Marcia Bjornerud:


  • How does the "time denial" that Bjornerud describes contribute to the environmental problems we have today?
  • How does a long-range understanding of Earth history and Earth processes contribute to development of sustainable environmental policy?



Answer the above questions in a Word document and hand in on Canvas under your lab section.  You will find the assignment listed under “Environmental Justice Readings” on the assignment page.