Lindsey Dillon, Christopher Sellers, and the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) conclude the “Just Environments” series with a sobering look at the Trump administration’s dismantling of environmental agencies. In response to these threats, EDGI has been working to protect federal environmental data, monitor government websites, and analyze the impact of proposed policy changes. Crucially, EDGI calls for “environmental data justice”—a rethinking and remaking of environmental data and governance practices that combines grassroots monitoring with digital technologies.
Christopher Sellers is professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of Inequalities, Social Justice, and Policy at Stony Brook University. His work has delved into the history of environment and health, of cities and industries, and of inequality and democracy, with a focus on the United States and Mexico. A specialist in oral histories as well as the history of environmental politics, he helped found EDGI and serves on its Steering Committee, headed up much of its interviewing initiative, and was lead “wrangler” and author of EPA Under Siege: Trump’s Assault in History and Testimony, the first entry in EDGI’s 100 Days and Counting report series, as well as contributor to its working group on Capacity and Governance.