April 2021: Environmental Awareness

Social Justice Ministry Monthly Speaker Series & Resources


Resources and Information: 

Monthly Speaker Series: Environmental

Monthly Speaker: Dr. Laura Bray, a PhD student at North Carolina State

University (Raleigh, NC), where she studies environmental

sociology, environmental justice, and social movements.

She is currently working on research projects related to

water inequality on the Navajo Nation and disaster recovery

in eastern North Carolina. She will be starting a new position

at the University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK) in Summer 2021

conducting health and environmental research with

Native communities.

Dr. Laura Bray Water Justice Presentation

United States Water Infrastructure Information: “What's Crucial in Biden’s Infrastructure Bill: Water Investments” 

In the US, more than two million people live without

access to safe and affordable water, a problem that

disproportionately affects low-income areas and

communities of color. Laura will present on America's

current water crisis and how we can challenge

environmental forms of inequality.

Resources on Environmental Justice and water:

Introduction to environmental justice: Environmental Justice Explained (3:33)

Introduction to water justice and inequality: Americans without water (9:49) and 

What's Causing the California Water Crisis? (9:27) 

Drinking water affordability: One in eight Americans can't afford water. Here's a solution (3:42) and 

Detroit's unaffordable water hints at a U.S. crisis to come (3:01)

Problems with rural water systems: The Big Empty: Rural America's Drinking Water Crisis (8:50)

Here are a few children's books that you may be interested in as well: 

1.   Greta and the Giants by Zoë Tucker

2.  Not for me, please! I choose to act green by Maria Godsey

3. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

4. Heal the Earth by Julian Lennon with Bart Davis

5. What a Waste: Trash, Recycling, and Protecting Our Planet by Jess French