This week , we introduced some basic physical principles that control Earth’s climate systems. We also discussed groundwater, the essential reservoir of fresh water used by human societies. Both of these topics are closely tied to the idea of environmental justice.
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) defines environmental justice as “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,” and says justice “will be achieved when everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.”
please respond to this prompt with the following information :
Restate – in your own words – what environmental justice is. Feel free to use examples to help define it.
Consider: How might environmental justice be important to you or your community?
Read and summarize a story from Invisible-5.org. (Links to an external site.) Invisible-5 is a self-guided critical audio tour along the 5 between SF and LA that investigates the stories of people and communities fighting for environmental justice along the I-5 corridor.
Select one of the audio tour locations on the right-hand menu of the invisible5.org (Links to an external site.) website.
Read the synopsis of the environmental crisis and steps taken to pursue environmental justice, then listen to the audio tour by selecting “Listen/Download (MP3)” under the title.
Summarize the important aspects of your location’s story for your classmates.
How do issues of race, class, and/or gender figure into this story? Do you see evidence of certain events or actions as specifically class-based? Race-based? Gendered?
After please respond to TWO other posts (that I will send to you once you finish the 2 paragraphs) with the following content :
If you chose a different location than your classmate:
How was your classmate’s story similar to the one that you read?
How are the demographics of the affected communities similar or different? How might the demographics of a community influence the response and remediation of the environmental crisis?
Are you left with any lingering questions or concerns about the environmental crises you read about?
If you chose the same location as your classmate:
Did your classmate point out or summarize anything differently than you understood it?
What are the demographics of the affected community you read about? How might the demographics of a community influence the response and remediation of the environmental crisis?
Are you left with any lingering questions or concerns about the environmental crisis you both read about?
Regardless of race, color, national origin or income, we are all entitled to fair and equal treatment and involvement in the development, implementations, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies. This means that regardless of who or what we are, we are entitled to participate and help regulate laws that directly affect our environment.
An example of environmental injustice is that of the city of Flint, Michigan and their unclean and contaminated water. The residents of Flint are also exposed to lead in their water supply. “The Flint problem disproportionately affected minorities and low socioeconomic classes that could not fix the problem, find other sources of water, or leave the area. Many people were made sick by exposure to contaminants. Even worse, the problem has not been resolved. Many people who cannot afford an alternative are stuck in the area and continue to be exposed to health hazards.”
Environmental Justice is the fair treatment of being able to participate in law making, regulations and policies no matter of someone’s race, color, income or national origin. We as people that leave in the United States have the right to participate in any decisions that they make towards our environment. In my community this is an on going thing that is constant a battle because our community is not the cleanest nor our parks and that directly affects the people of this community. Not being able to go to a park and be comfortable is a problem we can’t just sweep under the rug.
From the invisible5 I chose the LA River. This river is important to me as I live close to it and as a teenager I would go to the walk ways for a quick run or a bike ride. The one thing I have always noticed about the river and its pathways is that is very dirty and polluted as it is described in the synopsis. This group of non-profit organizers led by Lewis McAdans has tried to keep this section of the Glendale Narrows clean and a very good place to take a walk and hopefully it gets back its vibrant spark back like it was in the past and get the 140 different species of bird among other animals back.
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