As environmental historians and Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) members, the contributors to this conversation work to find ways environmental historians can turn history into direct action. Projects initiated so far include oral histories of EPA staff and employees during the disastrous Trump administration transition, a public history of the EPA, public comments on Trump administration proposals, public speech annotations, and op-ed projects in local and national media. EDGI formed in November 2016 to document and analyze environmental governance changes that would transpire under the Trump administration. EDGI is a network of more than 50 members from multiple academic institutions, non-profit and grassroots organizations, and professionals from a broad spectrum of work and life backgrounds. The members collaborate with other organizations and communities concerned about climate change, science policy, good governance, and environmental and data justice. Roundtable participants will discuss current and future projects and invite audience participation as we think through the role environmental historians can play in the unfolding environmental crisis.
Elizabeth (Scout) Blum, Troy University
Leif Fredrickson, University of Montana
Ellen Spears, University of Alabama
Chris Sellers, Stony Brook University
Emily Pawley, Dickinson College
Keith Pluymers, Illinois State
Jessica Varner, Pratt Institute/MIT