environmental justice


The Violence of Pollution: The Injustice of Rolling Back Clean Air Protections

Paola Massoli, PhD, , UCS

It is mid-June 2020 and another day of unrest in America. As I scan the news, I learn that the environment has been under attack. Again. President Trump recently signed an executive order to dismantle the process requiring environmental reviews of large infrastructure projects, including oil and gas pipelines. I also learn that the administration is proposing restrictions that would further weaken air pollution controls. As I dig more, I find out that it could get a lot worse for clean water too. Read more >

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We Need a New Normal Post-COVID-19 That’s Not a Death Sentence to Black People

, Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist

During this pandemic, we constantly hear people talk about how happy they will be when everything ‘goes back to normal.’ Normal was a death sentence for Black people. We do not want to go back to that. Read more >

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Responding to COVID-19 Doesn’t Have to Mean Sacrificing Frontline Communities

, Lead science and policy analyst

As the U.S. government responds to the COVID-19 crisis, it is imperative that frontline communities and essential workers are not saddled with the cost of hastily made decisions. Read more >

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Why Congress Must Invest in Environmental Justice and Equity in the Next Recovery Package

, Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist

People of color. The elderly. Women and LGBTQ people. Low income families. These are some of the most vulnerable among us. As such, they must be the focus of Congressional attention.

A recent report by nonprofit Kresge Health has drawn a straight line from these most vulnerable people to the likelihood of living near hazardous waste facilities. They are more likely to lack economic stability, education, housing and transportation options and even safe drinking water. Congress has it in its hands to change this as it crafts its next recovery package. Read more >

Derrick Jackson
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An Earth Day Conversation About Environmental Justice With Pioneer Vernice Miller-Travis

, Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist

Today is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, a day when we acknowledge and show support for environmental protections. I do not think that environmental justice communities would agree that there is very much to celebrate, given the number of environmental protections that have been rolled back in the last few years. Protections that communities depend on as they fight against the disproportionate exposure to environmental hazards they experience daily. Read more >

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Vernice Miller
Adrienne Hollis
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