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More or Less in Common: Environment and Justice in the Human Landscape

  • Thursday, June 8, 2023
    1 PM ET
  • Online on Zoom
Image of Garrett Dash Nelson
Photo courtesy of Garrett Dash Nelson

The climate crisis is a matter of environmental injustice; it is also a matter of historical injustice. How can historical visualizations illuminate past inequities, present realities, and future possibilities for adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change?

Human geographer Garrett Dash Nelson will explore the uneven distributions of harm, responsibility, vulnerability, and power, in both historical and local perspectives. The city of Boston and its environs will serve as a microcosm for the exploration of ways in which climate change will amplify a century’s worth of environmental injustice. Can historical visualizations help us to overcome the structuring effects of this legacy?

Harvard Radcliffe Institute gratefully acknowledges the Ethel and David Jackson Fund for the Future Climate, which is supporting this event.


Garrett Dash Nelson, president, head curator, and director of Geographic Scholarship, Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center, Boston Public Library


Edo Berger, codirector of the science program, Harvard Radcliffe Institute, and professor of astronomy, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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