Decolonize the Environment: A Series of Workshops on Environmental Intersectionality

Project Leads: Amanina Shofry & Andrea Luna


Sponsor: Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC)


TGIF Grant: $6,180.00


Project Theme: Environmental Justice


Project Location


2018 Application Submission


Status: In Progress


Project Description: This series of workshops aims to involve the campus community to explore the intersectionality of the environment. These workshops aim to increase awareness of environmental justice to students, staff, faculty, and the community and connect them to community activists who do this work for a living. These workshops will be devoted to the topics of: gender and the environment, race and the environment, disability and the environment, food and the environment and more. They will be led by activists in the environmental community who are doing work along these intersections and addressing it to decolonization. These workshops provide an opportunity for the Berkeley community to engage in topics that are not regularly offered in mainstream environmental spaces, helping push the environmental dialogue towards centering justice, intersectionality and equity to the center of their agenda.


Goals:

  • Engage a large audience with the intersections of social justice and environmental justice
  • Address the gaps in mainstream environmental narratives and give the environmental community a time and space to learn about these issues on environmental justice and intersectionality
  • Connect the Berkeley community to activists and community leaders that do environmental justice work

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.