By Paikea Kelley ’26
Professor Jillian Jaeger recently taught a new Environmental Social Science course
titled Environmental Justice: Identity, Power, & Environment. The students dove deep into the intricacies of environmental justice within the local Colorado Springs community, as well as on a global scale. The course aimed to help students understand the intersectionality behind the environmental harms we experience, and how local policies interact discordantly within each community because of their socioeconomic status.
Recently, Colorado’s legislature passed an act which enables the state government to create an environmental justice task force. With this new law in place, the state is beginning to acknowledge the environmental harms that directly link to injustices felt by families living within these low-socioeconomic communities.
“There is no time to waste, and the sooner we realize how much power an individual has, the sooner we will collectively use that individual power to bring justice to these communities,” says Noah Furuseth ’26, a student in the course.