4 Ways You Can Practice Environmental Justice
- Find a community group that is working to combat environmental racism and join their effort (see below). (And go in with a humble heart.)
- Protest the placement of toxic facilities in low-income and predominantly minority communities. Like, with signs and civil disobedience. Really.
- Get together with neighbors and transform a vacant lot into a community garden or park.
- Attend zoning and other public meetings in your community, and encourage your neighbors to do the same. Make your presence known and your voice heard.
Here are a few organizations located in Philadelphia, where ESA is based, that are working for environmental justice. What’s going on in your city?
Grounded in Philly
Garden Justice Legal Initiative
Healthy Foods Green Spaces
Delco Alliance for Environmental Justice (take a few minutes to watch the inspiring video about folks fighting for their neighborhood!)
Did you know?
Because nuclear test sites, uranium mines, hazardous waste dumps, and power plants are so near Native American reservations in the western portion of the United States, residents are increasingly at risk. Further, some impoverished tribes have agreed to keep hazardous waste on their reservations, where the waste is exempt from standard regulations. A quarter of Native Americans live in poverty, and unemployment on some reservations is as high as 69 percent.
Related Reading: “Environmental Racism“