What is Environmental Justice?
Do Black Americans Want and Need It?
Everyone benefits from a cleaner
environment, but not everyone is forced to shoulder the same
economic and regulatory burden to meet the government's standards
for a clean environment. African-Americans and the poor are often
forced to take on an unfair share of the costs and sacrifices
that must be made to meet the government's environmental regulations.
In 1994, President Bill Clinton
signed Executive Order 12898 that required federal officials
to identify and address "disproportionately high and adverse
human health or environmental effects of its programs, policies
and activities on minority populations and low-income Americans."
Instead of easing the burden on these communities, the government's
"environmental justice" policy has made things harder
in many cases. Without reform, the government's attempt to address
undue environmental harm to minorities will actually cause more
The Center for Environmental
A compilation of the press
releases, op-ed/commentaries and other publications issued by
The National Center for Public Policy Research and Project 21
dealing with the issue of the environment and the poor and minorities.
Click here for a full list.
A Selection of African-American
Read the biographies of some
of the people in the African-American community who have contributed
to the goals of conservation and environmental stewardship by
History of Black Environmentalism
How have blacks been a part
of environmental issues in the United States and elsewhere? Click
here to find out.