(un)Just Sustainabilities online Exhibit

This online exhibit for Professor Heather Bedi’s Environmental and Social Justice class allows Dickinson College students to reflect on environmental injustices and demographic trends in their neighborhood, town, city, or state. In defining just sustainabilities, Agyeman et al. (2003) argue that social and economic inequalities across place exacerbate environmental injustices. They advocate for human equality to be central in sustainability efforts. Students explore (un) just sustainabilities in their place through a paper and a publicly exhibited zero-waste visual or audio project.

Hispanic Workers Exposed to Formaldehyde in the Wheaton-Glenmont area in Maryland

The purpose of this investigation is to find if there are environmental injustices when we look at different groups of individuals’ exposure to high levels of Formaldehyde, which contributes to NATA cancer-related health complications, in the area of Wheaton-Glenmont, in the state of Maryland. To better visualize any possible injustice in relation to this particular hazard, the city of Bethesda, located 6.6 miles away from Wheaton-Glenmont will also be highlighted with detailed information about its demographic for comparison. When looking at the NATA cancer risk percentile in relation to other socio-economic factors, such as population below poverty, years of education, as well as the percentage of the minority population, it is clear that the Wheaton-Glenmont area is widely higher on the NATA cancer percentile layer, ranking in most of its subgroups between the 80th and 100th percentile. Because of some of the socio-economic, as well as other factors demonstrating a disproportionate rate of exposure for Hispanics, the focus group of study for this project will be reduced to Hispanics living in the area of Wheaton-Glenmont. Some of the major health implications when individuals are exposed to high levels of Formaldehyde might range from mild lung effects, such as asthma and allergies, to eczema and lung cancer. High concentrations of Formaldehyde can be easily found in both indoors as well as outdoors, but it is predominantly affecting construction workers because of the hazardous material that they are constantly exposed to. Based on the disproportionate exposure of the Hispanic population of the area of Wheaton-Glenmont to this particular type of air pollution, it is possible to affirm that there is an environmental injustice present in our area of focus.

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