Volume 7, Number 1 (2015) Promoting Environmental Justice in Rural Communities
Environmental justice issues are often associated with poor neighborhoods in urban areas. However, rural people in the United States and throughout the world have a legacy of engagement in the quest for environmental justice for their own communities. Fossil fuel extraction industries (e.g., oil, gas and coal) and other mining activities disproportionately occur within and affect rural areas and small towns while developing resources for export to energy-hungry cities. The contemporary development of unconventional drilling technology provides recent opportunities to examine the challenges and opportunities confronting rural communities. This special issue of Contemporary Rural Social Work features practice and research articles focused on promoting environmental justice in rural communities.
Guest Editor's Introduction
Social Action Meets Social Media: Environmental Justice in West Virginia
Debra Hunt Young, Samantha Teixeira, and Helen Hartnett
Social and Environmental Justice and the Water-Energy Nexus: A Quest in Progress for Rural People
Karen V. Harper-Dorton Ph.D. and Stacia J. Harper
Book Review: Transforming Places: Lessons from Appalachia