University to offer ‘Green Lives Matter’ environmental justice class

The course, called “Green Lives Matter,” aims to teach students about the Environmental Justice Movement, its online description states.

The movement argues that the effects of capitalism force poor and minority communities to live in dangerous and unhealthy situations.

Students enrolled in the class will study the “Flint lead contamination, migrant farm worker pesticide exposure, Cancer Alley (Louisiana), mining on tribal lands, Hurricane Katrina, Alaskan natives, urban environmental harms, and others,” the course’s online description states.

  • I object to your use of broccoli as the “evil vegetable”. It’s one of the best delicacies in the vegetable category, next to asparagus and brussels sprouts. Difficult and expensive to grow — they’re the “caviar” of vegetables, imo. Crap like kale is more appropriate for the evil vegetable category.

    And yes I know, George Bush hated broccoli. But with a name like “Bush” he’s got too much “mangia-cake” genealogy to appreciate Mediterranean food. Never forget that Popeye got his muscles from spinach! 😉

    KALE: “Just call it what it is: Lettuce for people who went to College twice” (BuzzFeed)

    • El Martyachi

      Agreed.. I’m on board with broccoli justice.

      • Broccoli just happens to be my favorite vegetable.

        • Surele Surele

          Especially now, Ontario broccoli rocks.

    • Surele Surele

      You’re right. Kale is evil. We used it back in my youth for decoration of platters only, and that was only if lettuce was not available. Nobody, but nobody ate it.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I know!

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I worked in hospitality for twenty five years.
      Served my last wedding banquet eleven years ago.
      In all that time the only reason we ever used kale was to garnish buffets.
      We never ate it and didn’t consider it food.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Spinach rules in our home, has for many years. Cooked, raw, stuffed into pasta, whatever. Spinach is where it’s at!!! 😉

  • GrimmCreeper

    “The movement argues that the effects of capitalism force poor and minority communities to live in dangerous and unhealthy situations.” I believe the writer omitted the word crony in front of capitalism. What better way to improve the lives of the poor than to jack up fuel costs? Clearly, those struggling to make ends meet every day don’t need to heat or cool their homes, or drive cars. Then there’s always those horrible GMOs that have improved farming. They’re almost as dangerous as air conditioners. What’s next? Too much kale consumption might cause extreme cases of flatulence. And that would bring us right back to square one. These freaks never stop.

    • They’re so disconnected from the poor. Visit an impoverished barrio in Latin America — the first thing poor people do if they have the good fortune to be able to save a bit of money is to buy a refrigerator or a motorcycle.

      The fridge is so they can set up a local “pulpería” so they can sell items such as freezees, meats, medicines, or whatever is in shortage. In other words “capitalism”! And the motorcycle is so they can have reliable transportation to land a job at the nearest factory where the best wages are. More “capitalism”!

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