Jacqueline Patterson is a preeminent researcher and activist in the field of environmental and climate justice. Patterson is one of UW’s 2016 Walker-Ames endowed speakers, and special guest at the upcoming symposium, Urban Environmental Justice in a Time of Climate Change. Urban@UW has compiled a brief reading list to help contextualize Patterson’s work:
Gulf Oil Drilling Disaster: Gendered Layers of Impact
The BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico is one of the most significant environmental disasters in recent memory for the United States. Patterson examines the incident in terms of its challenges to family health, economic access, domestic violence, and the disproportionate burden on women in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
Climate Change is a Civil Rights Issue
Patterson takes a striking look at the deep disparities of climate change’s consequences on different communities.
Coal blooded: Coal fired power plants spell double jeopardy for communities of color
Patterson was a contributing researcher on this in-depth report on how coal-fired power plants disproportionately effect communities of color, particularly in terms of human health.
Natural Disasters, Climate Change Uproot Women of Color
“The effects of climate change threaten everyone, but they do not threaten all people equally. Women are disproportionately affected by natural disasters, which are on the increase, as they experience higher rates of mortality, morbidity and post-disaster diminishment in their livelihoods.”