Robert D. Bullard is the Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. He is often described as the father of environmental justice. Professor Bullard received his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University. He is the author of seventeen 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. Professor Bullard was featured in the July 2007 CNN People You Should Know, Bullard: Green Issue is Black and White. In 2008, Newsweek named him one of 13 Environmental Leaders of the Century. And that same year, Co-op America honored him with its Building Economic Alternatives Award (BEA). READ MORE
- 9/16/2014 “After People’s March, Call to Diversify Funding of Climate Justice,” Robert D. Bullard, OpEdNews.
- 9/10/2014 “Sierra Club Award Named for Environmental Justice Pioneer Robert Bullard,” Ronald Roach, Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
- 9/9/2014 “Houston Prof Says South Most Heavily Affected by Climate-Change Disasters,” Carol Christenson, The Houston Chronicle.
- 8/25/2014 “Environmental Justice Advocates Question Houston Recycling Plan,” Neena Satija, The Texas Tribune.
- 8/23/2014 “A Waste Solution May Lean Again on Low-Income Area,” Neena Satija, The New York Times.
- 8/1/2014 “Sierra Club Honors Environmental Justice: Who’s Next?,” Brentin Mock, Grist.
- 7/16/2014 “How Industrial Accidents Discriminate,” Robert D. Bullard and Richard Moore, Al Jazeera America.
- 6/16/2014 “Talking Clean and Acting Dirty,” Interview by Katherine Rowland, Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics.
- 6/12/2014 “Robert Bullard: The Father of Environmental Justice,” Interview by Mary Hoff, Ensia Magazine.
In order for the nation to make headway on the climate change front, we need our mainstream environmental organization friends and philanthropic allies who supported the People’s Climate March to join us in supporting the recommendations for diversifying funding and building an infrastructure of “grassroots” efforts, ethnic-based networks, and regional environmental and climate initiatives—better known as a Movement. That’s how we put together a winning team to effectively battle climate change, social vulnerability and build community resilience.
The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Climate Initiative, a consortium of black colleges and community based organizations in the Gulf Coast and South Atlantic states, will hold a “teach-in” at the Global Climate Convergence at 10:45am – 12:15pm, September 20 (Empire State College, 325 Hudson Street, Room 544, New York, NY). The theme of the teach-in, “Building a Strong U.S. “Southern Initiative” to Address Climate Change and Community Resilience,” emphasizes educating and training leaders from low-wealth and people of color communities in the Gulf Coast and South Atlantic states about the causes, impacts and consequences of climate change, mitigation and adaptation strategies, and effective models for building and enhancing community resilience to disasters.
The nation’s 104 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) play a significant role in training African Americans and other leaders of color in all fields. More than 80 percent of the HBCUs are found in the Gulf Coast and South Atlantic region of the United States. Many southern communities where HBCUs are located and where they draw the vast majority of their students are at ground zero in the fight for climate justice. Climate-related disasters in the southern U.S. have outnumbered those in other regions of the U.S. annually in both scale and magnitude by a ratio of almost 4:1 during the past decade. The southern region is vulnerable not only because of its physical location and but also because of its high prevalence of concentrated poverty, uninsured households, income and wealth inequality, health care disparities, and food insecurity, combined to create a perfect storm of vulnerability if and when natural and human-made disasters strike. Given the region’s unique history, a “southern initiative” is needed to address climate vulnerability and develop strategies for building just and resilient communities.