Environmental Racism & Justice


At the 2018 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the following new policy was approved:

On Responding to Environmental Racism and to Promote Environmental Justice
The Presbytery of Monmouth overtures the 223rd General Assembly (2018) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to

  1. Renew our denomination’s call to promote environmental justice and oppose environmental injustice in all its forms.
  2. Take action to respond to environmental racism and environmental injustice in all its forms.
    1. a. To provide educational resources to churches and mid councils about environmental racism and injustice.
    2. b. To provide information and resources to enable the buildings and operations of our churches to be more environmentally sound.
  3. Listen to the perspectives and voices of people most impacted by environmental racism, with awareness to cultural diversity domestically and internationally.
  4. In accordance with the Gospel, position the church’s approach to environmental problems to include responses to the voices most directly impacted by environmental racism.


Environmental Justice is a clear place where social justice, environment, hunger and poverty come together.

The Presbyterian Hunger Program and the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People hosted a webinar in November 2017 on the Impact of Environmental Injustice on Low Income and Communities of Color with guest speakers Elona Street-Stewart, Shantha Ready Alonso, and Grace Ji-Sun Kim.

What is Environmental Justice?

Where is the Church involved?

Video Resources

Joining Hands Peru

Seeds and Organics

Workshop Resources

Environmental Justice Workshop & Case Studies

Environmental Racism & Justice Workshop PowerPoint