Laudato Si’ Meeting: Learning about Environmental Racism

Written on: June 3, 2024

On May 20, 2024, Blair Nelsen of Waterspirit, an eco-spiritual non-profit, delivered an enlightening presentation on “Plastics and Structural Inequality” to our Sisters, Associates, and guests. She explored the topic of environmental racism, and the role it plays in creating polluted, toxic living conditions for poor minorities in the United States, especially in locations like Cancer Alley in Louisiana where the cancer rate is 44 times higher than the national average.

Blair’s speech was a stunning lesson on how structural inequalities and environmental injustices are exacerbated by the plastics production chain in the United States.

We encourage you to watch her presentation and take action! Included below are links to her presentation, and ways you can make a difference with your voice online.

Viewing the presentation:

Because the recording was a very large file size, we’ve split it into two viewing files. When you click on the file name, it will open a window for you to view it. The default quality is set by the viewer to be web quality, but you can switch it to a higher resolution.

  1. Click play to start the video.
  2. Then click on the Gear image on the right lower corner of your window, where you control the playback options.

3. Click Quality, then choose 720p.

4. Your video will now play at a high resolution.

Presentation links:

Part 1 of the presentation 

Part 2 of the presentation

How can you take action?

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