PROFILE: Dr. Robert D. Bullard

25704802452370             Dr. Bullard is known as the father of environmental justice, he has published eighteen books about urban land use, community reinvestment, environmental racism, sustainable development, emergency response, climate justice, smart growth, regional equity, housing and transportation. Dr. Bullard is an activist and academic who has been one of the principal voices of environmental justice advocacy.
The 69 years old activist from Elba, Alabama, received his MA in sociology from Atlanta University and his PhD from Iowa State University. Dr. Bullard started his journey in environmental justice in the late 1970s in Houston, when his wife asked him for help collecting data for a lawsuit she filed. The case was Bean vs Southwestern Waste Management, Inc. His wife was defending the African American community in Houston against the location of a municipal landfill in their "backyard". He identified the injustice patterns in these neighborhoods; he realized that the entire city-owned landfills in Houston were in African American's neighborhoods. Although they were only 25 percent of the population, they all owned their homes but didn't make the decision nor they had a say on whether or not this was something they wanted, they said NO but the higher white class where the ones making the decisions, it was obvious that these decision had been made by people inside the government.
Once he was rooting for environmental justice, he began to study environmental racism in states from the south. Some of the places he focuses on were Houston, Dallas in Texas, Emelle , Alabama, Louisiana, Cancer Alley and West Virginia. Cancer Alley is an area between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, where many industrial plants are located. This area has the most cases of people suffering from cancer in its surroundings that is why the media has categorized it as cancer alley . T he life expectancy of people in this area as well as in other areas where the garbage incineration plants, petrochemical plants and landfill plants, is being shortened because of the hazardous chemicals going to the air, it has been polluting the air and water for these communities, most of the children in these areas suffer from asthma and won't live very long. It seems like just a few people care about what goes on in these areas, many Americans are kept on the dark about this situation, that is why environmental justice was created, so people open their eyes and turn on support to this communities that need the help of everyone. This is what Dr. Bullard concern is with; this is what he works for. Through the comparison of the white and black neighborhoods, he saw an excessive presence of environmental hazards, which were creating health problems in the people in these areas, giving them a higher risk to get ill and die.
25939753195955 One of the main concerns of Dr. Bullard in these communities were the children, he said the poor children in the urban areas were being poisoned in their own houses and when they walked to school or when they play in the park. He thought children especially poor children were the most vulnerable in our society, so by taking care of them and protecting them, we are protecting everyone.
Dr. Bullard wrote the book Dumping in Dixie: Race Class and Environmental Quality, published in 1990 by Westview Press. For which he received the National Wildlife Federation (NFW) Conservation Achievement Award in Science. In this book, he talks about the problems he had seen in the South; he is the first one to fully express the notion of environmental justice. In 1991, Dr. Bullard among others planned the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit. Here seventeen Principles of Environmental Justice were adopted. In 1994 President Clinton had the help of Dr. Bullard in writing the watershed executive order, which required that all federal agencies consider environmental justice in their programs.
Dr. Bullard was not only concern with environmental racism but also with inequality. In 2003 he wrote the book: Just Sustainabilities : Development in an Unequal World . In t his book Dr. Bullard says that social and environmental justice within inside a nation must hold a