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UMass Celebrates Earth Day 2014 with Dr. Robert Bullard, the Father of Environmental Justice

Dr. Robert Bullard, Father of Environmental Justice Delivers Earth Day 2014 Keynote

Earth Day 2014                          

Robert Bullard, often called the father of environmental justice and a leading campaigner against environmental racism, delivered his keynote address for the university’s annual Earth Day celebration on April 22 to a packed house in Mahar Auditorium.

Named by Newsweek as one of the 13 Environmental Leaders of the Century, Bullard is the author of 17 books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, emergency response, smart growth, and regional equity.

This year’s Earth Day theme was “Climate Change: Building a Diverse Movement for Environmental Justice and Sustainability.”

Bullard’s talk kicked off four days of campus activities held in conjunction with the YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism campaign. Other campus Earth Day events included a Protect Our Breasts fundraising Yogathon with continuous yoga instruction offered throughout the day and a Sustainability Fair on the Goodell lawn. The fair featured interactive student group tables, music, trivia and other games, a series of spin bikes for students to try out, and garden/farm market booths promoting sustainable health on campus.

In keeping with this year’s theme, a community panel on environmental justice featuring hip hop activist and 2008 Green Party vice presidential candidate Rosa Clemente, Holyoke mayor Alex Morse, youth director Ibrahim Ali of the Springfield Gardening the Community Project, and Diego Angarita of Nuestras Raices was held in the Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall.  A campus dialogue, “Building Diverse Movements for Environmental Justice and Sustainability,” took place after the panel to encourage interactive participation and community reflection on the theme of the day.      

Earth Day 2014 Video

To hear a complete recording of Dr. Bullard's Keynote Address visit http://nepr.net/audiofiles/2014/04/22/earth-day-keynote-address-dr-rober...