For the past month, Professor Rebecca Bratspies has been using Mayah’s Lot, an environmental justice comic book that she developed along with graphic artist Charlie LaGreca, in educational workshops with fifth and sixth graders in Queens to cultivate their understanding of environmental law and environmental justice. Bratspies writes about this experience in a guest post for the Environmental Justice in Action blog, a blog of the EPA.
“[W]e began looking for non-traditional ways to bring environmental messages to a generation steeped in highly visual and interactive ways of learning,” writes Bratspies. “With Mayah’s Lot, we want to create an accessible learning tool for young readers and also to reach non-traditional audiences with an environmental justice message.”
Prof. Bratspies is the director of CUNY Law’s Center for Urban Environmental Reform. Her teaching and scholarly research focus on environmental and public international law, with a particular emphasis on how legal systems govern the global commons and how law can further sustainable development. She has published widely on the topics of environmental liability, regulatory uncertainty, regulation of international fisheries, and regulation of genetically modified food crops.