Diné Toxicity & Transition Global Indigenous Environmental Justice Collaboration Eastern NC Environmental Justice Co-Lab

I am continuing my longstanding affiliation with environmental justice groups in North Carolina with a 2020 Chancellor’s Innovation Scholar Award and funding from the Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics at Appalachian State University. This grant enables me to collaborate with my colleague Dr. Rebecca Witter (Dept. of Sustainable Development) and a network of EJ activists in the eastern part of the state, building on my relationships there since 2003. Our work is focused in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain regions of the state and considers how decades of EJ struggles against toxic wastes resulting from energy and industrial agriculture in each of these locations has generated emerging forms of disaster resilience and anti-racist environmental projects. Our project partners with the global Platform for Experimental and Collaborative Ethnography and the statewide North Carolina Environmental Justice Network. You can view the mission statement of the Co-Lab here.