Environmental Justice

“The system that created inequality in terms of pollution choking our neighborhoods is the same system that’s choking Black people and brown people when it comes to policing,” says Dr. Robert Bullard, a scholar whose work earned him the moniker “the father of environmental justice.”

While the environmental movement has taken a conservation approach to protecting the natural environment, environmental justice acknowledges how communities of color experience significantly more pollution, food deserts, and water shortages, due to systemic racism entrenched in Community Planning and neighborhoods that continue to be segregated. In 2016, Indigenous youth stood up to the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, calling out the con [...]


Climate Change and Water Justice

History of Environmental Racism and Justice Movements


Key Sites

Organizing and Activism

Tools and Resources


“When the forest is destroyed, when the river is dammed, when the biodiversity is stolen, when fields are waterlogged or turned saline because of economic activities, it is a question of survival for these people. So our environmental movements have been justice movements.”

~ Vandana Shiva, Author


Racism and Climate Change Are About You – Dr. Atyia Martin, TEDxDirigo

Also in this section:
  • Addressing Hate and White Supremacy

  • Criminal Justice

  • Education

  • Health and Healthcare

  • Language Justice

  • Reparations

  • Voting Justice and Democracy Building

  • Children, Families, and Youth Development

  • Economic Development

  • Employment and Labor

  • Housing

  • Media and Technology

  • Reproductive Justice

  • Community Planning: Land and Transportation

  • Economic Security

  • Food Justice

  • Immigration and Refugee Rights

  • Philanthropy

  • Trauma, Violence, and Healing



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Racial Inequity

Racist Policies


Structural Racism

White Supremacy

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