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Environmental Racism – an ecumenical study guide

Produced by the Eco-Justice Working Group
National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA

Some people are affected by environmental hazards more than others. In the United States and around the world, more people of color live and work in unhealthy, polluted environments than do white people. People living in middle and upper class neighborhoods often are able to avoid toxic dumping, nuclear waste, or sewage treatment near their homes, schools, and work places. They are also privileged to receive a better response from government agencies to their requests for environment law enforcement and creation of clean, healthy green spaces.

Our goal in this packet is to study these discrepancies and to become equipped to advocate for the spreading of environmental privileges and the elimination (or fair distribution) of environmental harms.