Editor's Note


As we prepare to publish the 28th volume of the Berkeley Planning Journal, California is experiencing a fifth year of drought; Haiti has recently been devastated by a massive hurricane and a subsequent cholera epidemic; Louisiana is recovering from finding itself, once again, under massive flooding; and the United States has just elected a president who claims to support oil pipelines and has threatened to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Human potential to harm the environment and expose our most vulnerable populations to environmental hazards has never been clearer. At the same time, we live in an era of tremendous uncertainty as to whether we have the collective capacity to right environmental wrongs. By dedicating this volume of the BPJ to environmental justice, we are seeking to highlight the many ways in which scholars and practitioners across the many subfields of planning are wading through the wicked problems that emerge at the intersection of society and the natural world.