These case study reports focus on routine, everyday air and water pollution in California.
We describe routine pollution as “slow disaster” because the impacts are drawn out and cumulative, causing harm slowly, increasing rates of asthma, cancer and heart disease. In many ways, slow pollution disasters are more difficult to deal with than fast, explosive disasters because people don’t pay attention to them or even think they are normal – especially in communities of color. Often, communities have to organize and fight to get their concerns about pollution heard and addressed by government officials. Often, particular people play important leadership roles. Sometimes, these people are residents impacted by a polluting facility. Sometimes, leading figures in fights for environmental justice are professionals – physicians who work in the community or engineers who work inside the polluting facilities. This case study describes many different stakeholders in routine pollution and the actions they have taken -- and not taken -- to improve environmental conditions.
The report addresses a series of ten questions that draw out local details in a manner that encourages comparison with other places. The research has been done quickly (within the constraints of a quarter-long undergraduate class) so is limited to and points to the need for further research and community engagement. The goal is to help build both a body of research on environmental injustice and a network of researchers ready to help conceptualize and implement next-generation environmental protections.
Group 2: Ward, Kiara, Christina Arredondo, Darren Tran, Ethan Dinh, Isaac Rodriguez, Ludwig Fiehn, Jacob Ford, Melinda Perez, Junxi Guo, and Celeste Sanchez . 2020. Slow Disaster Case Study: Community. Environmental Injustice, Disaster STS Research Network.
Group 11: Lauren Infantino, Casey Painter, Anthony Garcia-Hernandez, Claire Liu, Vincent Carluccio, Brandon Tsung, Kirsten Mae Antonio, Michael Choi, William Bai, Munkhdul Baterdene, Christine Shek
Group 5: Nicolette Cobarrubias, Taylor Diep, Marla Garcia, Giselle Gomez, Madilyn Hughes, Laila Nassim, Shikha Singh, Yuchen Song, Clarense Tahmasian, Marianna Tonoyan, James Paredes and Citlalli Mora
Group 1: Tran, Jenny, Nick Slayton, Dylan Luu, Matthew Prata, Phoebe Roach, Ralph Kevin Gomez, Eduardo Badillo, Willow Bowers, Madelline Gastelo. 2020. Slow Disaster Case Study: Alameda County. Environmental Injustice, Disaster STS Research Network.
Group 15: Ryan Nguyen, Ethan Lee, Faith Berger, Julie Cao, Luis Cueveas, Emily Davis, Katherine Thomas, Marcelo Castaneda, Elijah Pineda, Nolan Mahaney, Aram Alajajian, Michael Gonzalez
Group 18: Chloe Atallah, Zoie Baeza, Jacob Clayton, Fabian Colin, Darius Friedhof, Vy Nguyen, Patrick Ohlgart, Esmeralda Perez, Hans Puskar, Gio Rodriguez, Medha Sharma, Sylvia Silver, Nicholas Wang, and Ashley Whitaker
Group 20: Anna Liza Vanderhoof, Caleb Smith, Chaz Fazio, Bella Juan, Sayan Banerjee, Jon Yoon, Shou Xing ZhouAnna Liza Vanderhoof, Caleb Smith, Chaz Fazio, Bella Juan, Sayan Banerjee, Jon Yoon, Shou Xing Zhou