The Environmental Justice Photo Project

A movement is developing, using creative and empowering methods to highlight the deep-seated reasons we need to take action today. The reality that climate change, poverty and pollution aren’t a mistake – fossil fuel industries and the politicians who turn a blind eye to their impacts rely on the unequal burden placed on ourselves and our communities to uphold unequal power in the UK today.

Listen to our voices, witness the images of how we are forced to live, watch the videos of our stories and stand up and take action. People in Heathrow by the airport, Grangemouth by the oil refinery and Merthyr Tydfil by the coalmine are just some people fighting back…

 

Transition Heathrow – A Radical Transition

 

Methyr Tydfil – We Are Activists

 

Grangemouth – A Bomb on Your Doorstep

See more, hear audio interviews and find resources to explore and engage with the fight for environmental justice in the UK at

http://environmental-justice.com/

The Environmental Justice Photo Project

 

The Environmental Justice Photo Project (EJPP) inspired by the glaring gap in our socio-political narrative on environmental justice within the UK. Treading the ground between anti- poverty and environmental movements, environmental justice is a concept and social movement that seeks to address the reality that environmental burdens (eg. mining, extraction, dumping, high-emitting industry etc.) are inequitably distributed and often concentrated in areas of socio-economically marginalized.

Through photography, EJPP will attempt to help build a picture of what environmental injustice looks like in the UK.

Taking a firm stance against the perpetuation of notions of victimisation, EJPP seeks to illuminate the resistance to injustice that already exists within local communities.

Acknowledging that environmental justice issues are highly interrelated and complex, the photography attempts to reflect the complexity inherent in the situation. This project is inextricably linked to climate change as it examines its causes and perpetuation on a local level and will start the building blocks for a serious UK dialogue on the relationship between climate change, social justice and racial equality.

Via a process of both participatory research and community engagement, communities have been selected for further research and photography. Accompanying the photo essay, a text is being produced that will interweave the stories and interviews with locals with empirical data. The purpose of the project is to explore and spark discussion on environmental justice in the UK within the context of global climate change.

The six month duration of EJPP to 1st September 2010 has generated an incredible wealth of information which has empowered the communities involved to both reflect and to take action for environmental justice (EJ). Delicate questions have arisen through EJPP, opening communication channels, raising consciousness and providing avenues for action. For communities affected by environmental justice and people who want to stand in solidarity with them important political and philosophical questions to ask are:

‘Is there environmental Injustice if the people that it (supposedly) affects don’t recognise it themselves?

Why is there is a lack of research about these things in the UK, such as the health impacts?

What is the role of workers and trade unions in achieving EJ?

And what will it take for an EJ movement to take off?

Stories and photos from the project will be used to further explore the issues and raise these questions for discussion.

If you are keen to host an event, get copies of the photos, generate discussion and action in your community then please get in contact with sowestand@gmail.com


We are supported by Artists Project Earth – www.apeuk.org