The field of environmental justice asks for fair treatment of all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, economic capacity, national origin and education level with respect to environmental politics and their implementations.

Amity Doolittle, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies



This project is made possible by a wide range of supporters including journalists, filmmakers, distributors, faculty, foundations and the communities and persons who participated in the films. For supporting the Global Environmental Justice project we especially thank the following:

The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious and art communities. The Foundation was established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., to honor his parents who were missionary educators in China. The Global Environmental Justice Documentaries: Focus on Asia project aligns with the Foundation’s Asia Program goal: to create scholarly and public resources for improved understanding of Asia in the United States.

Whittier College, founded in 1887 is a 4-Year Private Liberal Arts College located in Southern California. Whittier faculty helped to initiate and design the project. Seven Whittier faculty selected films and wrote teaching guides. The participants are Ken Berthold, Jake Carbine, Rosemary Carbine, David Mbora, Rebecca Overmyer-Velazquez, Fatos Radoniqi, and Natale Zappia.

Face to Face Media is an independent production company based in Vancouver, Canada. Founded in 1986, the company specializes in documentaries for public broadcast and educational video collections for use in the classroom. Project director Gary Marcuse is a journalist and filmmaker with a master’s degree in environmental planning. He is also the director of Waking the Green Tiger, an award-winning documentary about the rise of a green movement in China that is included in the GEJ collection.

The Global Reporting Centre at the University of British Columbia is a non-profit organization dedicated to highlighting important neglected stories around the world. By globally collaborating with leading reporters and media organizations, the Centre spearheads innovative ways to produce solutions-oriented journalism. It has grown out of the successful International Reporting Program UBCC which trains journalism graduate students in global reporting.

The International Documentary Association is our fiscal sponsor. The IDA believes that documentary storytelling expands our understanding of shared human experience and fosters an informed, compassionate, and connected world.


Ken Berthel
Associate Professor of Chinese, Whittier College

Rosemary P. Carbine
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Whittier College

Jason A. Carbine
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Whittier College

Amity Doolittle
Senior Lecturer and Research Scientist, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Cinzia Fissore
Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, Whittier College

Rajashree Ghosh
Resident scholar, Women’s Studies Research Center and lecturer, Environmental Studies program, Brandeis University

sal johnston
Associate Professor of Sociology and coordinator for the Environmental Studies program, Whittier College

Yifei Li
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, NYU Shanghai; Global Network Assistant Professor, NYU

David Mbora
Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, Whittier College

Rebecca Overmyer-Velázquez
Associate Professor of Sociology, Whittier College

Fatos Radoniqi
Associate Professor of Business Administration, Whittier College

Natale Zappia
Associate Professor of History, Whittier College

Additional research and writing provided by
Tasneem Islam, Liz Felker, Caleb Northrop, Caroline Scanlan, and Elham Shabahat
graduate students in the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies


Production Credits

Face to Face Media

Project Director
Gary Marcuse

Betsy Carson

Graphic Design
Michael Tension

Web development
Terry Sunderland
Jim Davis
Michael Tension
Rob Postma

Copy editing
Shelley Hudson
Rebecca Overmyer-Velázquez

Video editing
Larry de Stefano

Production Assistants
Molly Berg
Milena Salazar

Judith Shapiro
Mort Winston

Fiscal Sponsor
International Documentary Association

For the Henry Luce Foundation
Helena Kolenda


Creative Commons Copyright
CC BY NC by Face to Face Media Ltd. 2018