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For Effective Science Advocacy, Focus on Shared Values, and Speak Up Often

Sheeva Azma , UCS

Let’s face it, it’s not possible to replace everyone in Congress with scientists and doctors (though, thinking about it, wouldn’t that be such a different world?). Nor need we—the depth of experience from our policymakers is what helps get stuff done in all facets of policy. The best way to hold the government accountable to its mission to protect the public good is for scientists to guide lawmakers to understand the importance of science research. Read more >

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My Testimony on the CLEAN Future Act and Environmental Justice: Protecting Frontline Communities

, Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist

This my recent testimony before the Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. It incorporated the Environmental Justice (EJ) issues addressed by this hearing, which included cumulative exposure, EJ mapping and data collection, strengthening the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), ports, coal ash, emissions and most importantly, the Environmental Justice for All Act. The point of my testimony was that we are in a syndemic, where two or more health disparities affect the same population of people at the same time, resulting in even worse health effects. It is important to realize that environmental justice communities–Black people, Brown people, Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples–existed in a syndemic long before COVID-19 reared its ugly head, because of systemic racism, environmental injustice and disparities in general in healthcare, healthy food availability, transportation, economic oppression, climate change, and many other challenges. Read more >

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Systemic Racism Continues to Plague Pandemic Response

Black and Latinx populations, bedeviled by structural racism and an array of risk factors, were the leading edge of death a year ago in the first surge of the pandemic and remain twice as likely today to die from COVID-19. Yet these populations are statistically last to get the vaccine. As of April 12, White people were 70 percent more likely to have gotten a first shot as Latinx people and 60 percent more likely to get a shot than Black people. Read more >

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