Environmental JusticeJump to Bills ↓
The focus of the environmental justice movement is not on inequality. It does not seek merely to redistribute environmental harms fairly, but is committed to eliminating those harms completely.
One of the greatest tragedies of “economic progress” is the wildly disproportionate burden of environmental hazards suffered by low-income communities, especially those of color. Certain communities suffer staggering health problems simply because they lack the power to fight back against polluting industries.
Although most environment-related bills could be considered to have environmental justice implications, this category is reserved for those bills that may disproportionately impact poorer communities or communities of color, or where legislation seeks to redress the disproportionate impacts currently being experienced by these communities.