The sun may shine indiscriminately but studies show that children of color deal with the effects of pollution a disproportionate amount. We believe all have the right to clean air, water and land. To address these inequities we have to begin with education. Privilege is often invisible to those that hold it. So educating ourselves and those in our network about the disparities that exists is important.We must define environmental justice in our organizations. We must understand how environmental justice affects air and water quality and the health of communities we partner with.
If you want to learn more here are some resources:
Environmental justice, explained
We can’t truly protect the environment unless we tackle social justice issues, too
Air Pollution, Asthma, and Children of Color
Study finds a race gap in air pollution — whites largely cause it; blacks and Hispanics breathe it
KWEEN stands for Keep Widening Environmental Engagement Narratives.