The Environmental Justice Oral History Project (EJOHP) is a practice of joyful, resilience-based storytelling. This collection of oral histories, community-oriented articles, audio conversations, intentionality research, and thought-provoking events represents a two-year effort to collect, preserve, archive, and showcase the experiences and personal histories of environmental justice in the U.S. South.

The EJOHP is a multi-dimensional storytelling program that aims to elevate and uplift the personal experiences and narratives of historically underserved populations with regard to environmental justice. This project hopes to document a history of environmental experiences in the American South – injustices and place-based pleasures – through communal storytelling, adding a humanist and documentary perspective on environmental issues while advocating for just, equitable, and anti-racist solutions.

This project uses the tradition of oral history to re-center environmental joy, environmental harm, and environmental justice in mainstream media conversations. In connection with community partners representing the mothers and fathers of the Environmental Justice Movement as well as the next generation of movement leaders, this collection is an attempt to bring the undercovered, underreported, and underresourced to the forefront.

We welcome you to an interactive documentation of Earth experiences – a series of conversations with grassroots organizers, land stewards and elders, and young changemakers – designed to bring you closer to land, air, water, and community. Thank you for joining us!

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