Environmental problems are more likely to impact on low income and black and minority ethnic communities. In her book, Achieving Environmental Justice, and this event Cabot Institute member Karen Bell assesses the causes and solutions for this and asks what Bristol 2015 can do to address this locally. assesses the causes for this, covering the impacts of race and class discrimination; a lack of citizen power; industrialisation processes; damaging environmental values; and the capitalist political-economy; as well as proposing some radical solutions. The work is based on over a hundred interviews with politicians, experts, activists and citizens in seven countries.
Bell is from a working class background and has lived for the last 25 years in Lockleaze on the outskirts of Bristol, one of the 10% most income deprived areas of the country. Her research for the book began with her activism and research into environmental issues in Lockleaze. To honour this, this Festival of Ideas talk and book launch will be held at the Cameron Centre in Lockleaze.
Bell, K. Achieving environmental justice: Environmental equality in the green capital. Presented at Achieving Environmental Justice: Environmental Equality in the Green Capital’