Previous Environmental Justice News 2019

Why Low-Income Households Need to Be Part of the Clean Energy Revolution 06-16-19

Tony Reames focuses his work on the growing energy divide between rich & poor Americans and talks about why it is important to give low-income communities better access to affordable clean energy technologies. Read more at Yale Environment 360

CNN ran a ‘climate justice’ segment and this is progress 05-31-19

Now that climate change is finally becoming a thing on cable news, networks also seem to be catching on to the existence of climate injustice. Read more at Grist

Why Racial Disparities in Asthma Are an Urban Planning Issue 05-20-19

African-Americans are three times more likely to die from asthma as whites. In Philadelphia and elsewhere, how can outcomes improve with changes to housing quality and pollution control? Read more at Next City

Natural Disasters Are Getting Worse. People With the Least Power Are Most at Risk. 04-25-19

The federal government estimated in Oct. that there were nearly $1.3 billion in immediate and direct timber damages in Florida’s panhandle. Read more at The Center for Public Integrity

A highway runs through it 04-17-19

Inside the push to tear down an Oakland freeway. When a government official takes a reporter out to see some concrete colossus, it’s usually to show it off. Not this time. Read more at Grist

The Farmworkers Who Pick Your Halo Mandarins Just Organized a Massive Labor Strike 04-08-19

Nearly 1,800 fruit pickers—many undocumented—spontaneously walked out of The Wonderful Company’s citrus orchards earlier this year to oppose a pay cut and third-party labor contracts. Read more at Civil Eats

Duo say organic farming can boost rural jobs, environment and health 04-1-19

Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle believe there’s a way to revive Montana’s struggling rural economies, preserve good soil and save lives at the same time: organic, sustainable farming of nutritious foods. Read more at the Missoulian

‘They chose us because we were rural and poor’: when environmental racism and climate change collide 03-08-19

The environmental movement has a long history in America’s south – yet people of color and impoverished communities continue to face dangerous pollution. Read more at The Guardian

Breathing while Black or Latino in California is disproportionately hazardous to your health 02-26-19

It’s no secret that communities living near big polluters have worse air quality than other neighborhoods, but it’s been trickier to get a grasp on the impact of emissions from moving sources of pollution like cars and trucks. Read more at Grist

Al Gore, civil rights leader William Barber call on Northam to seek forgiveness through action 02-21-19

The little front porch seemed like a pulpit as the Rev. William Barber II outlined a path to redemption for Virginia’s troubled governor, Ralph Northam. Read more at The Washington Post

Why It’s Crucial to Get More Women Into Science 02-16-19

Amid growing signs that gender bias has affected research outcomes and damaged women’s health, there’s a new push to make science more relevant to them. Read more at National Geographic

Solar-Power Benefits Aren’t Reaching Communities of Color 01-30-19

A new study in Nature Sustainability finds racial and ethnic disparities in rooftop solar adoption, even controlling for income and homeownership. Rear more at Citylab

Trump’s border wall would trample on indigenous land and culture 01-24-19

The boundary between the United States and Mexico cuts not only through desert terrain and pristine wilderness, but also indigenous territory. Specifically, the territory of the Tohono O’odham Nation, which is located in both countries. Read more at Grist

“All Life is Interrelated”: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Environmental Justice Legacy 01-18-19

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is remembered for his powerful civil rights legacy and his nonviolent protests that inspired half a century of peaceful protest in support of equality. As a visionary orator and leader, he shepherded the movement against segregation and racism in the 1950s and 1960s that transformed America. Read more at National Wildlife Federation