Environmental Justice: why you should care
“Get up, speak up and fight for what is right”-Hilda Flavia Nakabuye, intersectional environmental activist.
Founder of Fridays for Future Uganda.
Author: Agata Zur
One of Freshtable’s main principles is social inclusivity. We are driven with a social purpose of creating and empowering a community while recognizing the talents of those who are unfairly judged by cultural stereotypes and presumptions. Discrimination and more specifically racism, is an integral part of our institutions which results in an ongoing fight for equal rights and recognition. As part of “Black History Month” we want to shed awareness on environmental racism and injustice present in our environmental policies and practices.
Environmental justice: is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.
Current issues with the environmental justice system
Looking at environmental injustice in the United Sates, civil activists first studied environmental justice on the disproportionate location of landfills in predominantly black communities. They found that the correlation between race, income and residence influenced several outcomes such as that African Americans had higher likelihood of being exposed to environmental hazards. They also faced disproportionate impacts of environmental processes and policies as well inequalities in the delivery of environmental services such as rubbish removal. This problem of course is present in Europe, where minority groups in European countries are more at risk of environmentally based discrimination because they are more likely to be object of discrimination and be segregated in deprived zones along the borders, or in refugee camps.
Why we should care
Improving environmental policy making and making it a priority is already a struggle, diving and understanding its injustice is a taboo topic that only a few decided to research and battle. Improvements in ecological policies are essential, however are simply unsustainable in the long term and ineffective if their core is based on inequality. At Freshtable we make it a point to educate ourselves and one another, keep ourselves informed about institutional racism and continuously strive for reducing its’ impact on society.
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