Brewed Awakening - Jeff Crooks and Dan Murphy on Environmental (In)Justice

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 6:30 pm
Fermanian Business Center

Dr. Jeff Crooks, Research Coordinator at Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve

Dan Murphy, Surfrider Foundation

"Environmental (In)Justice Where the River Meets the Sea: The Shared Ecology of the Tijuana River"

Estuaries are unique, sensitive ecosystems where rivers meet the sea. Rapid development along the US-Mexico Border has lead to high levels of pollution in the Tijuana River. Dr. Jeff Crooks researches the effects of this pollution on the ecology of the Tijuana River Estuary.  Surfrider Foundation is one of the leading organizations fighting to reduce sewage flow in the river through political and social action. The Tijuana River is a shared space of responsibility for the US and Mexico.  Efforts to clean up this river highlight the interdependence of the ecosystem and the health of the people on both sides of the border who live in the coastal waters nearby.

Sponsored by PLNU’s Center for Justice and Reconciliation, the Brewed Awakening series gives a platform to speakers who bring critical analysis of pressing contemporary social issues while pointing to ways of engaging these issues with hopeful alternatives.  The Brewed Awakening series showcases individuals and organizations with keen insight as well as practical ways of getting people involved.  Special attention is given to Christians who are engaged in the struggle for justice and reconciliation.  All speakers are encouraged to reflect on the relationship between their passion for justice, their actions and their faith.

For more information, contact Dr. Jamie Gates at (619) 849-2659 or

Learn more about the Center for Justice and Reconciliation

For directions to the university, call (619) 849-2200 or visit our website