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The idea of ‘environmental justice’ is simple. It means that everyone should have the right to live in a clean and healthy environment.
Environmental justice is as much about people and communities as it is about issues like pollution and climate change.
Unfortunately, poor communities are more likely to live near to polluting industries. They bear the brunt of the harmful health effects associated with pollution. You could argue that someone has to live close to the industries that all of our modern, consumerist lifestyles rely on. But those on low incomes consume less resources than richer communities. So they are disproportionately impacted.
You might not think of yourself as an ‘environmentalist’. But if you think that it’s only fair that no community should have to take more than their fair share of pollution and noise, then you believe in environmental justice.
If you want to learn more about ‘environmental justice’ spend some time looking at our photo stories, listen to our audio feed, read our research, or read the blogs contributed by people who have got some interesting things to say about the subject.
Harmit Kambo, Photojournalist