Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Environmental racism targets people of color, and other disenfranchised communities by fostering unequal amounts of burdens to these folks through their environment. Dirtier air, more polluted land, and heavily impacted water sources are just a few examples of environmental injustices faced by predominately Black, Latino and Indigenous communities in the U.S.
This recent piece by Indian Country speaks to an ongoing issue faced by Native American communities and others through abandoned uranium mines. Read it, check out the Clean Up The Mines Project, and understand how alleviating environmental justice issues is central to the attainment of a sustainable way of life for all.
Longtime Sanders, Arizona, resident Wayne Lynch was told in July that the water on his ranch contained dangerously high amounts of uranium, yet he is still using it.