Water Justice Forum
In the Fall of 2015, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan became national news. For a short time, there was growing awareness of disparities in access to clean, healthy water, and of the role that racism and poverty play in these inequalities. Though media coverage of this issue has faded, the problem has not. Issues of water justice remain in many parts of the country, including North Carolina.
The Department of Sustainable Development and the Sustainability and Environmental Education Club are co-hosting this Forum, which will include two presentations followed by discussion:
Access to Safe, Potable Water in the US: Infrastructure Inequality and Environmental Injustice
Dr. Kelsey Pieper, Virginia Tech Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, will discuss the Flint Water Study, in which she and other scientists working with community members documented severe lead contamination in the public water supply, exposing a public health crisis in Flint, Michigan. Flint is one of the nation’s poorest cities and is also among the top ten U.S. cities in terms of percentage of Black or African-American residents.
Protecting Clean Drinking Water & Environmental Justice in North Carolina
Ms. Katie Hicks, Associate Director for Clean Water for North Carolina, will discuss water justice issues in our state and region and her organization’s work to empower and advocate for affected communities. Recently this includes working with residents, including communities of color, whose groundwater wells are contaminated due to adjacent coal ash ponds.
An environmental justice poster session will precede the Forum in the Library Rotunda at 5:00 p.m.
This event has been identified as being open to the public. For more information about Community Engagement and public outreach at Appalachian State University, please visit our website, http://www.community.appstate.edu.
This event has been marked as a sustainability event. Sustainability means relating to the interconnectedness of environmental, societal, and/or economic issues and resources. For more information about how Appalachian defines sustainability visit http://sustain.appstate.edu/sustainability-appalachian.
"Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." - Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development, United Nations, 11 December 1987.
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