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Environmental Justice

A set of social, economic, and environmental principles established at the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held on October 24-27, 1991 to realign the environmental movement through prioritizing justice for the racial, health, economic and social inequities that resulted from colonization, industrial facility siting and industrial development.

Learning Resources

Learn about Environmental Justice with Energy Allies!

VIDEO

United Church of Christ

The 1st National POC Environmental Leadership Summit 1991 was held by the Church of Christ is Washington D.C. hosting environmental leaders of color from community-based organizations and climate-impacted communities.

GUIDE

A Just Climate

National Climate Platform (EJNCP), a coalition of environmental justice and national environmental groups. The platform calls for national climate action that confronts racial, economic, and environmental injustice as it enacts deep cuts in climate pollution and accelerates a pollution-free energy future that benefits all communities.

TOOLKIT

ejnet.org

“Racism is the intentional or unintentional use of power to isolate, separate and exploit others. . . Racism is more than just a personal attitude; it is the institutionalized form of the attitude”

-National Council of Churches Racial Justice Working Group

RESEARCH

Dr. Robert Bullard

The environmental movement in the United States emerged with agendas that focused on such areas as wilderness and wildlife preservation, resource conservation, pollution abatement, and population control, and was supported primarily by wealthy white communities.

RESEARCH

Dr. Robert D. Bullard

In place of NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) politics, Houston practiced a “PIBBY” (Place In Blacks’ Back Yard) policy. Government and private industry targeted Houston’s Black neighborhoods for landfills, incinerators, garbage dumps, and garbage transfer stations.

RESEARCH

Dr. Robert D. Bullard, Dr. Paul Mohai, Dr. Robin Saha, and Dr. Beverly Wright

This report found race to be the most potent variable in predicting where hazardous waste facilities were located in the United States, even more powerful that household income. The environmental movement in the United States emerged with agendas that focused on such areas as wilderness and wildlife preservation, resource conservation, pollution abatement, and population control, and was supported primarily by wealthy white communities.

BLOG

EcoRise

Black leaders built the foundation for the environmental justice movement through commitment, research, and advocacy. 

PANEL

Village Preservation Blog

A seemingly intractable housing affordability crisis has allowed YIMBYism (“Yes In my Backyard”) to emerge as an increasingly loud and politically influential voice in urban redevelopment debates in our neighborhoods, city, and country.

PODCAST

produced by Kendra Pierre-Louis

Join journalist Alex Blumberg and a crew of climate nerds, to listen to smart, inspiring stories about climate change and solutions to get get ourselves out of it.

End Racialized Facility Siting

Racialized industrial facilities siting, which has subsequently led to a higher number of brownfields, can be attributed to higher levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and toxic particulate pollution (PM2.5) in historically redlined communities.

3 out of 5

 Black and Hispanic Americans live in communities near uncontrolled Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hazardous waste sites.

15-20%

The average family of color earns half as much as the average white family and owns 15 to 20% as much net wealth.

Environmental justice incorporates the idea that we are just as much concerned about wetlands, birds & wilderness areas, but we're also concerned with urban habitats, where people live in cities, about reservations, about things that are happening along the US-Mexican border, about children that are being poisoned by lead in housing & kids playing outside in contaminated playgrounds.

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