What is EJ?

Environmental Justice Tenets

  • "We speak for ourselves" -- those disproportionately affected speak for themselves.
  • All impacted parties are involved in decision-making and have negotiating power.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:

"The fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforecement of environmental laws, regulations and policies."

Environmental justice "seeks to redress inequitable distributions of environmental burdens (pollution, industrial facilities, crime, etc) and access to environmental goods (nutritious food, clean air & water, parks, recreation, health care, education, transportation, safe jobs, etc.). Self-determination and participation in decision-making are key components of environmental justice."

~Wikipedia.org More...

Legal Framework for EJ Issues

EJ Issues in the News