In January 2000 a report was released called "Unequal Exposure to Ecological Hazards: Environmental Injustices in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts" written by Daniel R. Faber of Northeastern University. The well-researched report stated that Roxbury has the highest asthma rates in the Commonwealth.
Based on this report, some of the citizens of Roxbury have decided to sue the city of Boston for excessive air pollution in their community. They contend that the MBTA buses at Dudley Square idle at the station, putting out large amounts of fumes because the buses use diesel fuel. School buses also emit large amounts of air pollution. The parents of Roxbury are suing for 25 million dollars to pay for the medical expenses associated with asthma of their children, and sick days of work missed due to medical problems with their families. They are also asking the city to switch to a cleaner gas fueled fleet for the MBTA and school buses.
The city claims that there is no proof that the air pollution caused by the buses is causing the high asthma rates in Roxbury. They contend that asthma is caused by a combination of factors including pollen, dust, dust mites, small animal droppings and hair in the home as well as air pollution.
The class will hold a mock trial to see if the city is guilty as charged. There will be 3 teams. The teams will meet in advance to plan their strategies during the trial. The teams should submit their notes/plans to the teacher as part of their final grade.
Write in the names of the students playing each part in the spaces below:
TEAM 1: The
Court and Jury:
TEAM 2: The
TEAM 3: The
will be graded on: