SciFri Extra: Bringing Environmental Justice To The Classroom

In an interview recorded live in San Francisco, Ira talks with a teacher and her students about the connections between science education and environmental activism.

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(From left to right) Ira Flatow, Laura Diaz, Leo Alonso, Chloe Allen. Credit: Alexander Lim

This is a recording from our live event in San Francisco. We also talked about facemites and artificial intelligence.


Laura Diaz, a Bay Area science teacher, grew up in Pittsburg, California near chemical plants and refineries. That experience, combined with watching her mother’s home go up in flames in last year’s Camp Fire, transformed her into an “environmental justice activist.”

Now, she’s bringing those experiences into the classroom to inspire young people to solve the world’s injustices through science. Diaz joined Ira onstage at San Francisco’s Sydney Goldstein Theater, alongside a few former students, to talk about the connections between science education and environmental activism.

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Chloe Allen, one of Diaz’s students. Credit: Alexander Lim

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