Eco = Justice: The Intersectionality of Racism, Health & Climate Change
Tuesday, October 12th, 2021
Where: Online Event
Contact Name: Events Staff
Please join Sustainable Waterloo Region on Tuesday October 12 2021 EDT as we welcome Dr. Ingrid Waldron, Founder and Executive Director of the ENRICH Project. During this 90 minutes event, Dr. Waldron will help us to understand the crucial connections between climate change, racism, mental health, and environmental justice. Using case studies of Indigenous and Black communities across Canada, we will seek to further understand the factors that disproportionately expose these communities to environmental inequities.
About the speaker
Dr. Ingrid Waldron
Professor & HOPE Chair in Peace and Health, Global Peace and Social Justice Program
Department of History, Faculty of Humanities, McMaster University
Dr. Ingrid Waldron (MA, University of London; PhD, University of Toronto) is the HOPE Chair in Peace and Health in the Global Peace and Social Justice Program in the Faculty of Humanities at McMaster University.
Dr. Waldron’s research interests focus on ecological violence and the structural determinants of health. She has a specific interest in the social, political, environmental, and health impacts of inequality and discrimination, the relationship between structural/state violence and the social, structural, and environmental determinants of health, health disparities in racialized communities, environmental racism, climate change inequities, mental illness, and COVID-19 in Black, Indigenous, immigrant, and refugee communities.
Dr. Waldron is the author of There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities (Fernwood Publishing), which was turned into a 2020 Netflix documentary of the same name and was co-produced by Waldron, actor Elliot Page, Ian Daniel, and Julia Sanderson and directed by Page and Daniel. Her book received the 2020 Society for Socialist Studies Errol Sharpe Book Prize and the 2019 Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing. She is the recipient of several other awards, including Research Canada’s Leadership in Advocacy Award (Individual Category), Dalhousie University’s President’s Research Excellence Award – Research Impact, the Dalhousie Faculty of Health Early Career Research Excellence Award, and Springtide Collective’s Advocate of the Year Award.
Dr. Waldron is the founder and Director of the Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities and Community Health Project (The ENRICH Project), which inspired the federal private members bill a National Strategy Respecting Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice (Bill C-230). Bill C-230 was introduced in the House of Commons on February 26, 2020, by MP Lenore Zam and approved at second reading on March 24, 2021, and at amendments on June 21, 2021. She also co-founded the Anti-Environmental Racism Coalition, which has brought together organizations in the environment and climate change sector across Canada to collaborate on projects and share expertise and resources to address environmental racism and climate change inequities in Indigenous, Black, and other racialized communities in Canada.
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