Question of the Week: What should environmental justice look like in your community?

Some aspects of modern life can harm health and the environment. Environmental justice means that these effects should be shared fairly and that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in making decisions about environmental issues, regardless of race, color, national origin, or income.. Examples include:
Many inner cities still have sewer systems that are not designed to handle storm overflow, so raw sewage can flow into rivers and streams.

Farm workers, 90% of whom are people of color, may face serious health risks from pesticides.
Low income, and quite often culturally diverse populations, are more likely than other groups to live near landfills, incinerators, and hazardous waste treatment facilities.

What should environmental justice look like in your community?

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