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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.

This image shows residents gathering around a giant water bottle, with a satirical label.


Water is a major component needed for life on Earth, but it is a resource that is commonly affected by access and contamination issues. Environmental justice in practice would guarantee that all people have access to clean water for the benefit of the community. Water access is important for drinking water, waste removal, cultural practices, and reliance on water-based ecosystems.

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