Shades of Green: Community Conservation & Environmental Justice

Dr. Ingrid Waldron (left) and Sadie Beaton (right) in the CKDU main control room (Photo credit: Erica Butler)


Ecology Action Centre’s CCRN Researcher Sadie Beaton has coordinated a weekly interview show on local community radio which ran from May to August 2016. The show is called “Shades of Green” and explores the questions: What is Environmental Justice? And what could it look like where we live? In this case, the scope is mostly Nova Scotia, a region of unceded territory in Mi’kma’ki.

This exploration is being compiled as part of a Community Conservation Research Network (CCRN) case study at the Ecology Action Centre (EAC), a non-governmental environmental organization (ENGO) based in Halifax, also known as K’jipuktuk. In the last few years, the EAC has embarked on a journey to better engage around power and privilege in their environmental work around the cross-cutting theme of “environmental justice.”  Recognizing that ENGO culture is steeped in a legacy of colonialism, racism, elitism, sexism, (etc), these efforts raise important questions about how settler-based groups can grow and change to address environmental justice issues in a meaningful way.

Guests include frontline community defenders dealing with environmental racism, like James Desmond of Lincolnville, author and activist Silver Donald Cameron, Mi’kmaq filmmaker Catherine Martin and her daughter Aboriginal lawyer Natalie Clifford, community health researcher Dr. Ingrid Waldron, and a group of youth fighting for environmental justice for their predominantly African Nova Scotian community in Halifax’s North End.

Browse the links on the right for a description and recording of each episode.