Environmental Justice and Ethics     [Text-only version for printing]     [back to graphical version]
The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

Web Site Links    

California League of Conservation Voters     http://www.ecovote.org/
Focus is on promoting environmentally responsible candidates and issues.  This watchdog group keeps a record of the environmental votes of elected officials.

Center for Health, Environment and Justice     http://www.chej.org/
Center for Health, Environment and Justice was founded in 1981, by Lois Gibbs, the community leader at Love Canal.  CHEJ seeks to help local citizens and organizations come together and take an organized, unified stand in order to hold industry and government accountable and work toward a healthy, sustainable future.  The site offers timely news releases and upcoming legislative action and especially emphasizes the safety of children.

Environmental Ethics / compiled by Prof. Ron Epstein     http://online.sfsu.edu/~rone/Environ/Enviroethics.htm
Originally developed as a Web site resource for students of a particular professor at SF State University, this site is loaded with information on all aspects of environmental justice and ethics.  Topics covered range form the environment effects of war to nanotechnology to global warming.  Be advised though, that the information was last updated in 2004.

Environmental Justice/Environmental Racism     http://www.ejnet.org/ej/
This is an excellent and current Web site offering key documents in this field, as well as general background information on the issue.  There are also numerous links to other Web resources.  The site offers a global perspective on environmental justice.

Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University     http://www.ejrc.cau.edu/
This is an excellent site from the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University.  It offers current news stories, hot topics, reports and articles and event listings.  The mission of the Resource Center is to serve as a research, policy and information clearinghouse for issues related to environmental justice. 

Greenaction for Health & Environmental Justice     http://www.greenaction.org/index.shtml
Greenaction mobilizes community power to change government and corporate policies and practices to protect health and to promote environmental justice.  The organization's Web site gives very up-to-date information on issues of environmental justice mainly in California, but nationally as well.  It also offers information and advice on getting involved as an activist for environmental justice. 

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy -- Environmental Ethics     http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/ethics-environmental/
Environmental ethics is the discipline that studies the moral relationship of human beings to, and also the value and moral status of, the environment and its nonhuman contents.  This site is basically an encyclopedic entry that defines the various issues in the field of environmental ethics with excellent and thorough data.  The history and development of this issue are also included.

Online Databases (Rio Hondo Students only)   

CQ Researcher     http://library2.cqpress.com/cqresearcher/
This database provides full text articles, many with pictures, graphs and statistics. http://library2.cqpress.com/cqresearcher/

Health & Wellness Resource Center     http://find.galegroup.com/menu/start?userGroupName=cclc_rio&prod=HWRC-2
This database has full text articles in a good mix of scholarly journals as well ass more popular publications.

SIRS     http://sks.sirs.com
This database provides current, full text article covering business, government and personal information for the U.S. and world-wide as well.

The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books

Encyclopedia of environmental issues
Call number: Ref GE10.E52 2000

Environmental activism : a reference handbook (Contemporary world issues)
Call  number: GE195.S88 2003

The essentials of-- the environment
Call number: Ref GE105.K47 2005

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:

Environmental ethics

Environmental justice

Environmental policy


The following media can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library, to be viewed in the Library.

Witness to the future
Call number: Video 001068
Discusses how ordinary citizens transform themselves into environmental activists. Covers problems with radioactive gases released from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Hanford, Washington, large doses of pesticide in California's San Joaquin Valley, and particulates from the petrochemical and oil industries in Louisiana's "Cancer Alley".

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The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databases - http://library.riohondo.edu/online_databases/index.htm.  Please note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The 6 sample searches below are from the ProQuest database. Use Advanced Search and type each term in a separate box:

    1.  SUB(Environmental justice) [from Peer-Reviewed Journals only]
    2.  SUB(Environmental justice) AND (SUB (environmental policy))
    3.  SUB(Environmental justice) AND (SUB (location of industry))
    4.  SUB( Environmental justice ) AND SUB(Low income groups)
    5.  SUB( Environmental justice ) AND international
    6.  SUB( Environmental justice ) AND SUB (hazardous substances)

Researched and evaluated by:
M. Hogarth, Librarian 11/2001
last update: E. Ball, Librarian 11/2009


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