The EJAtlas

The environmental justice atlas, EJAtlas, is an online database and interactive map that documents socio-environmental conflicts, defined as mobilizations by local communities against particular economic activities whereby environmental impacts are a key element of their grievances.

It is based on the work of hundreds of collaborators, from the academy, concerned citizens, informal committees, NGOs and other activist groups, who have been documenting environmental and social injustice and supporting communities on the ground for years.

The Atlas is directed at ICTA-UAB by Leah Temper and Joan Martinez Alier and coordinated by Daniela Del Bene, at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. It is supported by the ENVJUST project (ERC Advanced Grant 2016-2021), and the ACKnowl-EJ (Academic-Activist Co-Production of Knowledge for Environmental Justice, 2015-2018) and was initially developed under EJOLT, a research project coordinated at ICTA – UAB.

You may find the full article explaining the methodology and aims of the atlas here:

Leah Temper, Daniela del Bene and Joan Martinez-Alier. 2015. Mapping the frontiers and front lines of global environmental justice: the EJAtlas. Journal of Political Ecology 22: 255-278.

Here you can find out…

– how an ecological conflict is defined
– what the drivers of these conflicts are
– what environmental justice is
– what types of information you can find in the Atlas
– how we map
– how you can use the Atlas
– how the platform is made
– how you can get involved

ACKnowl-EJ network members are working daily to add new cases to the Atlas, improving the coverage of cases in the Arab Region, Latin America and Asia. We are also aiming to add cases that illustrate the alternatives fostered by local movements involved in environmental justice struggles.

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Get engaged with the Atlas

How can you get involved and engage with the EJAtlas?

  • If you have information about a conflict not included on the map, you are invited to add it. You may register here.
  • Tell us what you think: comment and debate on the cases at the bottom of each case. More evidence and data is needed to continuously update and improve the quality of the dataset.
  • We will soon launch a tool so you can create your personalized ¬†Featured Maps. Contact us at: ejoltmap@gmail.com
  • If you are a teacher, a scholar, a trainer, a professor and are interested in using the EJAtlas in your classes or workshops, please contact us as we are developing specific tools and proposals for teaching purposes. You can also have a look at the dedicated session in this toolkit developed by the SAME World project in collaboration with the editors of the EJAtlas.
  • If you are using the EJatlas for research, please see here how to reference the resource.
  • Share the EJatlas website and maps and help be a part of a growing global movement for environmental and social justice. Like us on Facebook, sign up for our newsletter
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