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Climate Change and Environmental Justice

Dr. Ryan Emanuel discusses the inequities of climate change in terms of who is impacted. He introduces how "seven generations thinking" is one way to reduce inequities and environmental harm.

Published onJan 15, 2022
Climate Change and Environmental Justice


Native Americans and other vulnerable groups are among those most affected by the negative effects of climate change, and these groups also shoulder disproportionately high and adverse burdens due to pollution and other environmental hazards. Ryan Emanuel, Ph.D. explores how environmental justice identifies these disparities and looks for sustainable solutions that maintain good relationships between humans and the world in which we live.

Ryan Emanuel, Ph.D., is former NC State faculty member, currently working as associate professor in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Dr. Emanuel studies the impacts of climate change on water and ecosystems, and he also works with Native American communities to study the impacts of climate change, pollution, and other environmental hazards in their communities. Dr. Emanuel’s goal is to help amplify voices and perspectives of Native Americans and other marginalized communities who shoulder disproportionate environmental burdens.

Climate Change and Environmental Justice (Ryan Emanuel)

This video was originally produced for an audience of entering first-year and transfer students at NC State University as a part of an interdisciplinary experience. It is available for noncommercial reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 License,



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