Building The Beloved Community With Environmental Justice

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Dr. King’s vision of a Beloved Community was a society in which all people around the globe would share in the wealth of the earth. A society where equity was given to even to the least of these. Today the world’s nation’s are busy trying to determine how to best steward the wealth of the earth, the green movement, smart cities and building sustainable communities are at the forefront of the agenda for the industrialized world. This forum will discuss the current state of Climate Change and the dynamics of environmental justice in America. President Obama has put forth a Clean Power Plan and the world is gathering in Paris, France to discuss how to deal with Climate Change in December 2015 but are all voices being heard? If we truly want to build sustainable communities we must align ourselves with the construct of Dr. King’s Beloved Community. In building sustainable communities we must insure each stakeholder has a voice and equity across social and economic lines. We must insure over the next 50 years that the energy plan that we implement uses the most efficient sources of today as well as best integrate the renewable technologies of the future. We still have a present situation where 9 out of 10 EPA regions have racial disparities in the location of hazardous waste sites.

Studies have shown that your zip code and not genetics will predict your life expectancy based on the disproportionate and systemic nature of how we distribute hazardous and toxic waste plants in America. A Beloved Community considers every touchpoint where people interact and where services are rendered. A Beloved Community considers the dignity of all. Building sustainable communities is as much of a technological exercise as it is a heart exercise, we must consider others as we build. The technology must not just sustain civilization but also not divide or harm the communities. In an era of recycling we must consider how we will refurbish and restore our world with our eyes towards building the Beloved Community.

WE HAVE MOVED INTO AN ERA WHERE WE ARE CALLED UPON TO RAISE CERTAIN BASIC QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WHOLE SOCIETY. WE ARE STILL CALLED UPON TO GIVE AID TO THE BEGGAR WHO FINDS HIMSELF IN MISERY AND AGONY ON LIFE’S HIGHWAY. BUT ONE DAY, WE MUST ASK THE QUESTION OF WHETHER AN EDIFICE WHICH PRODUCES BEGGARS MUST NOT BE RESTRUCTURED AND REFURBISHED.

– MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., 1968
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