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"Toxic Communities" and the Fight for Environmental Justice

University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment
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Dorceta Taylor.

Dorceta Taylor’s most recent book, Toxic Communities, takes a magnifying glass to the modern environmental justice movement. In it, she provides an in-depth analysis of some of the biggest environmental issues facing low-income and minority communities across the U.S. 

This hour, Dorceta joins us along with some other environmental experts to talk about the hazardous, toxic environments many of these communities are forced to live in every day. We find out why issues like residential segregation and environmental racism are still so problematic, and how much of it has to do with the general lack of diversity in many of our large-scale environmental organizations.


  • Dorceta Taylor - Associate Professor of Environmental Sociology at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment; author of Toxic Communities
  • Amity Doolittle - Senior Lecturer and Research Scientist at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
  • Dr. Robert Bullard - Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University

John Dankosky and Chion Wolf contributed to this show. 

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