2022 journal article

Reciprocal Inclusion of Microbiomes and Environmental Justice Contributes Solutions to Global Environmental Health Challenges

MSystems, 7(3).

By: M. Choudoir*  & E. Eggleston*

co-author countries: United States of America πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Contributors: M. Choudoir* 

Ed(s): S. Ishaq

author keywords: microbiome; environmental microbes; environmental justice; social equity; global change; stewardship; research ethics; microbiome stewardship
MeSH headings : Humans; Environmental Justice; Environmental Health; Microbiota
Source: ORCID
Added: September 19, 2022

Generations of colonialism, industrialization, intensive agriculture, and anthropogenic climate change have radically altered global ecosystems and by extension, their environmental microbiomes. The environmental consequences of global change disproportionately burden racialized communities, those with lower socioeconomic status, and other systematically underserved populations. Environmental justice seeks to balance the relationships between environmental burden, beneficial ecosystem functions, and local communities. Given their direct links to human and ecosystem health, microbes are embedded within social and environmental justice. Considering scientific and technological advances is becoming an important step in developing actionable solutions to global equity challenges. Here we identify areas where inclusion of microbial knowledge and research can support planetary health goals. We offer guidelines for strengthening a reciprocal integration of environmental justice into environmental microbiology research. Microbes form intimate relationships with the environment and society, thus microbiologists have numerous and unique opportunities to incorporate equity into their research, teaching, and community engagement.