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.
Lindsey Dillon is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz. She studies environmental and economic justice in US cities, focusing on political ecologies of urban greening in San Francisco.
As a cofounder of EDGI, she serves as cochair of the steering committee, works on the interview team and environmental data justice working group, and contributes to the writing of EDGI reports.