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.

Course Information:

This will be a hybrid style course with 2.5-hours online via Zoom followed by a 1.5-hour home study that can be completed on the same day for a total of 4 hours of continuing education credits. After registering at the link below, you will receive an invitation to the Zoom class via email. Nurses who originally registered for an in-person class will also receive an email invitation to the Zoom class. It is important that you respond to the invitation and register for the Zoom class prior to the day of the class. Nurses are welcome to register for any class regardless of geographical location until the class has reached capacity. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie Gonzalez at

Times and Credits: 10am - 2pm PT. The class is worth 4 CEH

During the COVID-19 pandemic all CE course are being offered free of charge to all Registered Nurses. Participants will be notified by U.S. mail and by email if a course is cancelled.

FOR DIRECT-CARE AND STAFF RNs – Provided by California Nurses Association. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP754 for 4 CEH.