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EPISODE 10: Changing the Tide

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Waterkeepers Examine Diversity, Equity, and Racism in the Environmental Movement

Episode Summary

Our latest episode features a conversation between two waterkeepers—advocates who work to protect waterways and the communities that depend on them.

Episode Notes

Environmental justice activist Fred Tutman is the only Black waterkeeper in the United States, and in this candid discussion with his close friend and fellow waterkeeper Theaux Le Gardeur, the duo reflect on how racism has affected their very different experiences in the environmental movement. Listen as they discuss how environmentalism has historically failed BIPOC communities and consider the potential—and dire need—for the movement to change.




Recommended Resources

Chesapeake Bay Magazine, November 2017: Fearless: Riverkeeper Fred Tutman fights for the Patuxent River and for the people who live alongside its shores
Spinsheet, December 2014: Bay People: Fred Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper
Bay Journal, April 2014: With river in his blood, Fred Tutman stands his ground wholeheartedly
Capital Gazette, Oct. 2013: Fred Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper
Waterkeeper Alliance: Native Son Fred Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper
Smithsonian podcast: Ep. 13: The Riverkeeper

The outro music in this episode is WAKAN TANKA by Carl Filipiak and the Jimi Jazz Band, courtesy of Carl Filipiak, Art of Life Records and Geometric Records


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Brought to you by the Environmental Law Center and Vermont Journal of Environmental Law at Vermont Law School.