National Geographic

Environmental Justice: What’s Next?

Photograph by Wayne Lawrence

  • March 13, 2018

  • 7:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Regular $25.00

  • National Geographic Campus

    Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium

About this Conversation

From the Flint, Michigan, water crisis to massive hurricanes like Harvey, low-income communities bear the brunt of environmental disasters. Reporter Talia Buford, professor Robert Bullard, environmentalist and National Geographic Explorer Jon Waterhouse, and policy expert Mustafa Ali will examine how the decades-long movement for equal access to a safe environment must adapt in the face of our changing planet.

Co-presented with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.


Courtesy of Jon Waterhouse

Jon Waterhouse


Environmental steward and National Geographic Explorer JON WATERHOUSE strives to empower Indigenous communities while facilitating a global understanding of water and planetary health, environmental stewardship, and climate change, as viewed through the Indigenous lens. Jon helped launch the Living Indigenous Network of Knowledge (LINK) to connect global Indigenous populations as they join forces to not only monitor global environmental health, but take action to protect the planet. He facilitated a massive cleanup effort in the Yukon watershed, and the USGS uses water quality data the team collected to measure the health of the Yukon. He is currently overseeing the development of a smartphone application to collect, store, and upload water quality data as well as expanding LINK to areas across the globe. A retired U.S. Navy chief, Jon was appointed by President Obama in 2010 to a committee to advise the Commission for Environmental Cooperation on environmental issues.

Robert Bullard


Often described as the “father of environmental justice,” ROBERT D. BULLARD is the distinguished professor of urban planning and environmental policy in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. He is the author of 18 books that address climate justice, environmental racism, sustainable development, and other topics. He has testified as an expert witness and served as a technical advisor on hundreds of civil rights lawsuits and public hearings over the past three decades. Robert has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including from CNN, the American Bar Association, the National Wildlife Federation, the Sierra Club, and others. In 2014, the Sierra Club named its new Environmental Justice Award after him.

Courtesy of Dr. Robert Bullard

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