Katrina and Environmental Justice
By: Teachers College
Published: 2007
Uploaded: 06/19/2017
Uploaded by: Pocket Masters
Pockets: Documents, Teaching The Levees Curriculum Project
Tags: citizenship, curriculum, democracy, hurricane, Katrina, Levees, NOLA

Description/Abstract: Numerous reports have documented that Katrina had a disproportionately large impact on the poor and unemployed, particularly African Americans. The larger question is whether that impact was primarily accidental or the direct result of policy choices that disregarded the welfare of the poor and minorities. In this lesson, students will attempt to quantify the effects of Katrina on different socioeconomic groups and neighborhoods and explore possible explanations for why these groups and neighborhoods bore the brunt of the destruction. The lesson will conclude with a general discussion of the concept of “environmental racism” and analysis of whether or not this idea can legitimately be applied to Katrina.