❀ Designing an Energy Justice Framework for Energy & Equity ❀
Through recognition of historic and present-day inequities in the energy industry and in science participation, energy justice can promote energy and equity within many scientific disciplines. In this project, we are identifying energy justice pillars to develop a cultural-responsive, relevant, and based framework that allows us to bridge the separation between physics and social justice.
Unfortunately, physics and social justice continue to be viewed as two separate schools of thoughts and given the fundamental and important role the concept of energy plays in the field of physics, it is important to merge both. This will allow us to conceptualize energy and equity through place-based education, policies, and Indigenous epistemologies that address the burdens and environmental impacts our heavy reliance on extractive energy resources have on Indigenous communities and people. This allows us to connect the physics model of energy to historic and current exploitation of land and people.