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Environmental Justice in Camden is Popular Topic for CCC Mini-Course


There’s a full house – all 42 seats filled – for a mini-course on local urban environmentalism that’s being offered to community members for the first time by Camden County College’s Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility.


Using the City of Camden as a case study, the free, five-week course “Camden City: The Challenge of Environmental Justice” is broadening the understanding of environmental justice, sustainability and the responsibility of citizens for local, regional and global environmental challenges. Instructor Mark Doorley is a founding member of The Center for Environmental Transformation and a board member of Sustainable Cherry Hill.


The first class included “The Poet of Poverty,” a documentary focusing on South Camden activist Father Michael Doyle. A discussion of the film followed the screening.


Upcoming sessions include guest speaker Howard Gillette of Rutgers–Camden, author of the Camden After the Fall: Decline and Renewal in a Post-Industrial City, presenting “A History of Camden”; the exploration of the idea of justice, particularly as exemplified in Camden, in “The Question of Justice”; and guest speaker Nancy Axelrod of Sustainable Cherry Hill presenting “Sustainability,” which will be a hands-on workshop that explores the concept of “taking from the Earth only what it can provide indefinitely.” The mini-course will conclude when local activists join the class for “Environmental Activism” to explore what, if any, responsibility citizens have to respond to unjust environmental situations in their regions.


Each session is taking place at the College’s William G. Rohrer Center, which is located at Route 70 and Springdale Road in Cherry Hill.


Due to the course’s popularity, Center officials are investigating the possibility of offering it again in another semester. To inquire about the status of that possibility, contact the Center at or (856) 227-7200, ext. 4333.


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Published: February 08, 2011