Environmental Justice: An idea whose time has come

May 15, 2017

What do you think when you hear the words "environmental justice"? Do you think about NIMBY -- the idea that people of color should have to bear the environmental burden of 'progress' with pollution (such as radioactive materials, for instance) buried near them, or spraying of animal waste from industrial farms over them? 

 

Believe it or not, the EPA's Environmental Justice site hasn't been taken down quite yet -- and there is a lot of good stuff there.

 

FYI right off their front page, here's their definition of environmental justice:

 

Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. 

EPA has this goal for all communities and persons across this nation. It will be achieved when everyone enjoys:

  • the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards, and

  • equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.

 

 

 

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