Previous Environmental Justice News 2021

There’s a clear fix to helping Black communities fight pollution. 02-26-21

Industrial pollution has sickened and poisoned Black communities for decades. Environmental justice experts have a solution to stop this. Read more at Vox

The unsung hero who saved a Florida beach 02-19-21

The fact you don’t hear MaVynee Oshun Betsch mentioned alongside conservationists like John Muir, Aldo Leopold, and perhaps Rachel Carson says more about who we enshrine in history books than Betsch’s remarkable contributions to the environmental movement and her valiant campaign to save a landmark of Black history. Read more at Grist

Texas Blackouts Hit Minority Neighborhoods Especially Hard 02-18-21

When the lights went out Monday night in the Alazán-Apache housing project in San Antonio — which stands in one of the city’s poorest ZIP codes — the traffic signals in the neighborhood flickered off and storekeepers pulled down their shutters. Read more at The New York Times

14 Black-Led & Black-Focused Nonprofits Working For A Clean Environment 02-09-21

It’s important to build a community-based cushion by throwing our support behind nonprofits that deserve more resources and stronger advocacy. Read more at Green Philly

Hogwash 02-05-21

Making fuel from pig poop sounds exciting — unless you live nearby. Read more at Grist

Black Women Aren’t Saving America For You. They’re Protecting Themselves 02-01-21

Not many forces work harder than Black women leading a movement. From the fight for suffrage to today’s battle against voter suppression, Black women have been the backbone of political progression, even when they don’t get the return on investment they deserve. Read more at Huff Post

‘A sacrifice zone’: Why did a Chicago community of color get saddled with a polluting scrapyard? 01-27-21

After a polluting scrapyard closed in a predominantly white and wealthy neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side last year, the very same company got approval to open a new scrapyard on the city’s predominantly low-income and Latino Southeast Side. Read more at Grist

Biden to place environmental justice at center of sweeping climate plan 01-27-21

The president plans far-reaching actions to cut carbon emissions, aid polluted communities and shift the nation away from fossil fuels. The administration will treat climate change ‘as the emergency that it is,’ one top adviser says. Read more at The Washington Post

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’s Climate Record: A Focus on Justice 01-19-21

In the United States today, people of color and low-income people are disproportionately likely to be exposed to dangerous air pollutants. Read more at Environmental and Energy Study Institute

Martin Luther King and the Long Arc of Racism 01-18-21

On Jan. 5, exactly 10 days before what would have been the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 92nd birthday, the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the senior pastor of King’s former church, won election to become Georgia’s first Black senator. Read more at The New York Times

Will 2021 Be the Year for Environmental Justice Legislation? States Are Already Leading the Way 01-15-21

The new state laws address the disproportionate impact of climate change and pollution on communities of color. Joe Biden is promising to do the same in Washington. Read more at Inside Climate News

The U.S. Military Can Lead on Energy Innovation and Environmental Justice Starting in Georgia 01-03-21

We must also address the challenge of climate change and the opportunity of the energy transition in a way that creates more jobs and improves health and safety for more Americans. Read more at Our Daily Planet