This course will be an opportunity to explore the history of social justice and the evolution of our environmental ethic (or lack thereof). Wrestling with questions such as why do some communities acquiesce to elevated rates of cancer and other diseases, we will try to understand why some citizens choose to not respond to environmental crisis through collective action and environmental activism. We will explore ways to press for social change and empowerment through grassroots activism. Students will read both historical and contemporary literature addressing issues of injustice, environmental crisis and issues, and activism. The course will be structured as a seminar, a forum in which students discuss and apply their knowledge and skills in partnership with their peers and faculty. This structure will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas through weekly discussions of our readings and research.