Day 2, April 22: Environmental Racism
A large part of our health is determined by our environment. For generations, the impact of pollution and environmental damage has largely fallen on marginalized communities. Systemically racist policies have resulted in people of color having an increased likelihood of exposure to unsafe drinking water, lead paint in homes, and industrial waste.

Today, we are looking at the environmental justice movement and the people of color pushing for change.

  • Article: This article discusses ten inextricable links between racial and environmental justice.

  • Video: This webinar, created by Ajiah Gilbert from the City of Evanston Office of Sustainability, addresses the historical disconnect between Black communities and agriculture. It discusses the intentional detachment from a homeland when Africans were brought as slaves; how slavery created the stereotype that farming is for slaves; Blacks reconnecting to farming and gardening; and the benefits that come from growing your own food. 

  • Spotlight: Indigenous communities. Read about the climate crisis’s disproportionate impacts on Indigenous communities and how Indigenous people have been at the forefront of the fight against the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure and other environmental injustices.

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