Van Jones, the co-founder of the climate justice group Green for All, is seen speaking at the League of Conservation Voters' Chispa campaign rally in Las Vegas in 2017. The group has been advocating for diesel-fueled school buses to be transitioned to electric, a better alternative for the environment
Communities of color are more vulnerable to environmental health hazards, the impacts of climate change and environmental injustices.
National reports continue to confirm the persistence of environmental racism — how racial minorities are disproportionately impacted by environmental issues like pollution.
A study released this year in the American Journal of Public Health found African Americans are almost twice as likely to be exposed to small particle pollutants than their white counterparts.
The hazards can be attributed to a variety of sources, from industrial facilities and unremediated waste sites to dry cleaners, gas stations, workplace pollutants, and residential proximity to freeways and congestion.
Demographically concentrated environmental risks are commonplace nationwide. For instance, a 2017 study authored by the NAACP and Clean Air Task Force found that black Americans are 75 percent more likely to live near oil and natural gas refineries. The Sierra Club estimates about 80 percent of Latinos live in areas that fail to meet air quality standards.
“Any other issues in the community are exacerbated by environmental issues,” says Leslie Fields, the Director of Environmental Justice and Community Partnerships with Sierra Club. “You can’t expect kids to learn if they have water full of lead or are surrounded by pollution.”
Read the full article here: https://www.nevadacurrent.com/2018/08/16/environmental-groups-redoubling-outreach-to-people-of-color/