What is Environmental Justice?

Environmental racism is the disproportionate impact of environmental hazards on people of color (POC). In the United States, governments and industries have frequently built their factories, highways and ports in and around poor, disenfranchised and non-white communities. As a result, communities of color have historically suffered from high rates of pernicious diseases such as asthma and cancer. The POC-led environmental justice movement arose decades ago with the aim not to "simply redistribute environmental harms, but to abolish them."

If you're interested in getting involved with environmental justice work, whether with the Sunflower Alliance or elsewhere, we  recommend learning more about this still insufficiently understood environmental and social crisis. Here are a few links to get you started:

The Principles of Environmental Justice

Climate Justice Alliance - Vision

Principles for Alliance with Green (predominantly white) Groups

Principles of Working Together (PDF)


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