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April 21, 2008

Sociologists Available to Comment on Environmental Issues
in Observance of Earth Day, April 22

From environmental racism to corporate "greenwashing" and political setbacks, the U.S. environmental movement continues to face challenges despite recent gains in popular momentum. The sociological examination of environmental issues sheds light on these phenomena and reveals how society impacts nature and vice versa.

Sociological experts are available to discuss the social causes and consequences of environmental degradation and other environmental issues in conjunction with Earth Day 2008.

Sociologists available for media interviews include:

Robert Brulle (215-895-2294 office, is a professor of sociology and environmental science at Drexel University. He has written extensively on the development and growth of the U.S. environmental movement, as well as the dynamics of environmental policy in the United States. He is the author of Agency, Democracy and Nature: The U.S. Environmental Movement from a Critical Theory Perspective (MIT Press, 2000), and is co-editor, with David Pellow, of Power, Justice and the Environment: A Critical Appraisal of the Environmental Justice Movement (MIT Press, 2005).

Eric Krieg (716-878-6629 office, is a professor of sociology at Buffalo State College. His research focuses on toxic wastes and environmental justice. Much of his work documents disproportionate exposure to ecological hazards in communities of color and lower income communities (environmental racism). He is author of "The Greenwashing of America," an article to be published in the spring 2008 issue of CONTEXTS magazine.

David Pellow (619-708-0938 cell, is a professor of ethnic studies at the University of California-San Diego. He has written extensively about environmental justice issues in communities of color in the United States and globally. His most recent books include: The Treadmill of Production: Injustice and Unsustainability in the Global Economy (with Kenneth Gould and Allan Schnaiberg, Paradigm Press, 2008); Resisting Global Toxics: Transnational Movements for Environmental Justice (MIT Press, 2007); Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago (MIT Press, 2002); and Urban Recycling and the Search for Sustainable Community Development (with Adam Weinberg and Allan Schnaiberg, Princeton University Press, 2000).

Andrew Szasz (831-459-2653 office, is chair of the sociology department at the University of California-Santa Cruz. His research has focused on federal regulatory policy, grassroots toxics movements, environmental justice and "green" consuming. He is author of Shopping Our Way to Safety (University of Minnesota Press, 2007) and award-winning EcoPopulism: Toxic Waste and the Movement for Environmental Justice (University of Minnesota Press, 1994).

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