Trade & Globalization
Los Angeles represents a major node in the global trade system. With more than 43% of all U.S. imports shipped through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, what is global is also local in Los Angeles: our region benefits from trade system in terms of consumer goods and jobs yet ports and freight transportation negatively impact communities, particularly low-income, immigrant, communities of color who bear the brunt of air pollution, increased exposures to toxins, and disrupted quality of life due to trucks, trains, and freeways in their neighborhoods.
Through UEPI’s program on global trade and freight transportation, students engage in research and internships to examine how to reduce the negative impacts of trade, ports, and freight transportation activities on health, the environment, work, and community. The goal of our program is to advance research and build strong coalitions of community-based organizations, scientists, and advocates in public health, labor, and the environment, to make change in Los Angeles and other regions. We play a leadership role in the Moving Forward Network at the national level, THE (Trade, Health and Environment) Impact Project at the Southern California regional level, and the Luce China-Environment program globally. Contact Martha Matsuoka or Bob Gottlieb for more information.
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