Healing the Planet: Environmental Justice as Health Justice

This class will analyze the structural causes of environmental change by investigating how an economic system oriented towards limitless extraction, social relations rooted in consumption and competition, and cultural assumptions about human dominion over nature affect not just the natural environment, but the social distribution of health, wealth, and resources. In doing so, we will pay particular attention to how the adverse health effects of environmental change disproportionately impact already vulnerable communities, compounding systemic injustice and economic inequality.

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Grasp the fundamental science and terms of climate change and familiarize students with contemporary studies of anthropogenic climate disruption.
  2. Link environmental change to health and healthcare determinants and demonstrate how it disproportionately affects already-vulnerable populations, including in the Global South and economically disenfranchised communities everywhere.
  3. Articulate the structural causes of climate-induced health issues and the social forces that create environmental inequalities.
  4. Offer strategies for counteracting environmental injustice, addressing climate change, and “justly transitioning” to democratic and sustainable energy systems.

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

CE courses are free to California Nurses Association, National Nurses Organizing Committee, and National Nurses United members and student nurses. For direct-care and staff RNs. Participants will be notified by U.S. mail and by email if a course is cancelled.

NNU at-large membership is only available for RNs in non-NNU represented facilities.

FOR DIRECT-CARE AND STAFF RNs – Provided by California Nurses Association. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP754 for 3 CEH.