Bermuda College students to host environmental justice talk
University students will explore Bermuda’s role in environmental justice during an annual lunchtime presentation tomorrow.
The Bermuda College students will speak during Eco Lunch & Learn, an annual event hosted by the college and Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce.
The presentation will share data on public perception on food security, affordable energy and access to drinking water.
Amy Harvey, the earth and environmental science lecturer at the Bermuda College, encouraged the public to take part in the survey.
She said: “Environmental justice seeks for all members of our communities to have fair and equal access to a good quality of life within an environment that is clean and functioning, providing the necessary ecosystem services for humans to exist.
“Unfortunately, around the world this is not always the case and many vulnerable communities do not have equal access to the basics like clean air, clean potable water, healthy and reliable food sources as well as affordable energy.”
She said at the lunch and learn, students would focus specifically on whether or not Bermuda is experiencing inequalities in the areas of food security, energy and potable water.
She added: “We would appreciate the support of the community by participation in this student-led survey that will hopefully gather data to help raise more awareness and arm our country with valuable information on how to approach this potential issue.”
Jennifer Flood, the executive officer for Best, said the public is becoming more aware that environmental problems will have a major impact on minority communities such as indigenous populations and factory workers.
She added: “Whilst many of the issues appear to be ‘over there’ or ‘away’, every purchase we make contributes to either the problem or the solution.
“The ocean and imported goods bring the pollutants to our doorstep and into our houses.
“How do we fare with locally generated sources of air and water pollution, along with food security?”
The Lunch & Learn will be held tomorrow from 1pm to 2pm.
The audience is encouraged to submit questions through the chat option for a live Q&A.