Robert D. Bullard, Ph.D., a member of the Joint Center’s Commission to Engage African Americans in Climate Change, is the Edmund Asa Ware Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University. He is the author of 15 books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, climate justice, smart growth, and regional equity, among other topics. His latest book is, “Race, Place and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina: Struggles to Reclaim, Rebuild, and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast” (Westview Press, 2009).
According to Dr. Bullard, “As a representative from the African American community that has contributed the least to climate change but suffers some of the worst impacts, I along with my fellow climate justice advocates place equity, justice, and health at the center of all of these climate discussions.”
“By going to Copenhagen and participating in the COP15 meeting,” he said, “it is my goal to help elevate the domestic and international climate justice agenda and also ensure that diverse voices of African Americans and other people of color are represented in the dialogue and deliberations. It has been my experience that if we — African Americans and other people of color and indigenous peoples — are not in the room, our issues get left off the table.”