Where's the Environmental Justice?


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By Mike Brandolino

Environmental injustice describes the socio-economic condition where poor, low-income, and minority populations are much more likely to be exposed to environmental hazards than affluent people. Environmental inequity is also used to describe this reality. The movement to address it is called the environmental justice movement.

Industrial sites (both active and abandoned) and waste dumps are usually located in or near poor communities due to low property costs. Another reason is that the residents do not have the financial means or political clout to object to these activities.

As a result, the residents of these communities casino online are often exposed to high levels of toxic chemicals, and to air and water pollution. These environmental hazards can result in many serious, and possibly fatal, health issues for the residents.

One famous case of a group seeking environmental justice is the class action lawsuit against Chevron/Texaco for the dumping that caused cancer and birth defects to skyrocket in indigenous communities in Ecuador, as shown in the documentary Crude.

Some environmental organizations are siding with poor communities to address these concerns, such as The Center for Health, Environment, and Justice and The Sierra Club. At Sierra Club Green Home, we firmly believe that social justice and sustainability go hand-in-hand, and we encourage our readers to learn more about the environmental justice movement.

 

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