Ecocriticism is a movement aimed to bring awareness to environmental concerns. This movement started in the 1990s but soon displayed a need for more diversity regarding the ways n how they approached sustainable environments. This lack of diversity soon started impacting vulnerable communities in ways they could process environmental situations that go beyond them. Implementing research is critical in situations where vulnerable communities are at risk. In this research, we use open-ended interview questions to gather data about the ways in which vulnerable communities broadly defined are impacted by the environment in which they reside. This research is specifically interested in understanding vulnerable communities in Utah and as well as gathering information about how these communities are working toward just environment futures. In this research, we hope to bring light and discover how ecocriticism movements impact vulnerable communities here within Utah, and how many vulnerable communities are affected by the current state of Utah's environment.
Key Words: Vulnerable Communities, Ecocrtisim, Diversity, Environment