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Environmental justice and environmental racism

This is a topic-guide for environmental justice and environmental racism. Inside it you will find brief introductions to the topic, helpful videos, suggested readings, and links to Iowa State University Library resources.

a piece of art depicting a group of people threatened by a big wave accompanied by the words  “Environmental justice is our cry of defiance against the onslaught of oppressive toxins and toxic oppressions that threaten to submerge our homes.”

 

To understand why environmental justice matters, one need only remember that the movement fighting environmental racism is the result of what happens when people fear that their lives and health are being disproportionately put at risk because of the color of their skin or the sound of their accent.¹

This is a topic-guide for environmental justice and environmental racism and related topics (such as ecofeminism). Inside it you will find brief introductions, helpful videos, suggested readings, and links to Iowa State University Library resources.

Environmental justice and environmental racism are closely linked concepts. However, while environmental justice is something everyone may seek, people of color (POC) and other minorities suffer from additional burdens and hardships due to environmental racism: i.e. racism that manifests through the environment.


¹ Paul Mohai, David Pellow, J. Timmons Roberts (2009). Environmental Justice. Annual Review of Environment and Resources. 34:1, 405-430 https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-environ-082508-094348

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