Western New York is known by many as the birth place of the Environmental Justice (EJ) movement because of the tragedy at Love Canal. Typically, EJ refers to the impact of industry or development on the health of people who have little voice in preventing it. Racial minorities, low income families, and citizens in developing countries are more likely to face an inability to access healthy or culturally important food, as well as unusual amount of exposure to waste, pollutions, and toxics such as lead and radon. Frequently those exposed to these unjust situations do not have the ability to simply pick up and move to avoid the problems.
The Environmental Justice Working Group works to address these issues and more. The group’s key goals are to improve the community participation and decision making by low-income, people of color and youth audiences as well as to lift up projects and policies that impact environmental justice communities.
Are you ready to uphold justice in a community near you? Get involved!
- Come to an upcoming meeting to discuss this group’s role in the WNYEA Action Agenda
- Sign up for the listserv to join in the discussion and get meeting reminders and alerts
- Read the previous meeting recaps and meeting minutes
Working Group Details:
- Working Group Chair — Erin Heaney
- Click here if you would like to contact the Chair of this Working Group
- Check the calendar to confirm date, time and location of Working Group meetings.
REFERENCES & FURTHER READING:
- American University: Environmental Justice and Community Empowerment
- Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
- Clean Air
- Coalition for Economic Justice
- Massachusetts Avenue Project and Growing Green
- People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) Buffalo
- POWR – Protecting Our Water Rights
- We Act for Environmental Justice: Environmental Justice Action Group of Western New York
Check the calendar to find an upcoming meeting for this group
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