It was one year ago when a massive fire at a Chevron refinery in Richmond, California, sent toxic smoke billowing into the air about 10 miles northeast of San Francisco.
Leila Kaplan's insight:
This is richmond failing a court case against Chevron because of the fire at the refinery that caused more then 15,000 to seek medical attention. This is just the kind of action that the environmental justice movement calls for - mass protest from the people who are beign affected to effect policy change.
The graph here shows the different contricuting factors to death in the Bayview Hunterspoint neighborhood. It also explains a main reason why ischemic heart disease here is the highest of any neighborhood in San Francisco - because violence is high so people are afraid to walk out on the streets. This website has a ton of great data about San Francisco neighborhoos distribution. I want to know more about why African Americans rather than another group has the higest mortality rates in the.. How does the current segregation of neighborhoos play into environmental justice? Are some communities of color affected more than others? Why?
Couldn't load video, but this is reffering to the Greenaction protest I attended today in Sacremento. They were protesting the permit to allow toxic waste to be dumped in Kettleman CIty.
Leila Kaplan's insight:
The people at this demonstration were mainly people who are being directly affected by hazardous dumping and toxic waste dumping that is encouraged by the government. I think that is what makes the environmental justice movement so great, is that the people fighting are the ones being affected and able to tell their personal stories. People like me are just allies, which still makes me wonder moreo what my role is in this whole movement. Is there a line that is too far for me in my actions towards the movement?
I also heard a lot of stories about children born with birth defects and dying at young ages possibly as a result of the toxic and polluted environments that are being dumped on. I would like to learn more about specific health issues related to these communities.
This article talks about how zoming laws play a part in the environmental justice issue. Zoming laws are very relevant to the issue becuase they basically promote inequity by have certain requirements for houses in higher income areas and making certain M zones where waste products a toxins can be produced. These zones are inhabited by lower incomes communities because housing there is less affordable. In addition, healht risks are much greater there because of the wasste plants and their relation to pollution. It is absolutely horrible that this is government regulated segregation and government regulated injustice. The history of zoning laws was to seperate immigrants from communities which is horrible. I think that if zoning laws do not get change there will never be environmental equity because the government is in charge of distributing that inequity.
This article talks about many different topics including a history on environmental justice, environemntal racism, and different intersections of environmental justice and different inequities. It talks about how the history of the environmental justice movement was to make the environmental rights movement more inclusive and include the people who were actually being affected by environmental injustice. As far as enviornmental racism, it talked about how areas with more resources will not get "dumped on" because they are less likely to fight back. I think that this article is really great in terms of additional backround information for my topic. I love th eintersectionality of all these different issues and want to learn about more intersectionalities such as ecofeminism.
1. I chose this piece because I wanted a more broad issue about what environmental racism and justice is and how they are intersected. I now know the definitions and principals of environemtnal racism and justice. I now want to learn about specific communities that have been and are being affected by this issue and what is happening to fight it. I also want to know more about how specifically these issues are being fought against. I now know that this movement is based heavily on the communities that are being affected, so I am wondering how people out of the communities can be involved without being intrusive.
SF Environment is collaborating with community stakeholders to develop a plan to transform the community’s vision of healthy homes and neighborhoods into achievable goals and actions. San Francisco Healthy Homes used a framework called Mobilizing...
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This section of the sfenvironment websites discusses the healthy homes project. The project entails making housing more affordable so that the affordable housing is not all in the same environmentally harmful place. This creates more violence, illness, and mold, bad air quality, etc. If houses were more affordable it is possible the whole issue of environmental racism would not exist because communities of color would not all be forced to buy the cheapest housing? This also intersects with the whole idea of instituional racism adn that race and economic class are directly related to eachother.
According to a study published today in PLOS Medicine, long-term exposure to air pollution may speed up the progression of atherosclerosis, leading to heart disease.
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Greather Health Risk -
This article supports the idea that people in more urban and polluted environments have more of a risk of developing atherosclerosis, which is a cardiac disease, which leads to heart disease. Not only are people in more urban environments more susptable to teh disease, but communities within the urban environments that are exposed to more pollution have a higher risk than the other urban communities. This relates directly to environmental justice because the more polluted communities are the communities with less resources, people of color, and lower income. And because of the heavy pollutants in their communities they are more likely to get diseases and not be able to pay for health care. What is the role of health care in these environemntally impacted communities?
What is Fracking? How does the government shutdown affect environemntal justice exactly?
"Environmental Protection Agency was in the middle of a fact-finding mission to determine whether the company responsible can be charged under the Clean Water Act, but it’s tough to do that when 93 percent of your workforce has been furloughed. In other words, every day the shutdown continues is another day environmental mysteries go unsolved"
This is by DJCAVEM, a artist from Denver, CO who performs and writes about environmental issues. I really loved seeing this because it shows that the whole food and environmental justice movement is moving a way from being fought by primarily white people of middle-upper class. That being said there is still a huge gap between who fights for these issues, as well as who is directly affected by these issues. Ironically, the people who primarily fight for them are not the people who are primarily affected. This is what artists like this are aiming to change. I want to learn more about the role of hip-hop in the enviornmental justice movement as well as how food and environmental justice are connected.
Environmental Justice Impacts on Low-Income Communities
This short graphic novel/comic is really effective because it tells a personal story of how pollution and spreading of toxic wastes directly affects communities. It also makes is aparent that low-income, seamilngly powerless communities are being targetting by corporations who think that they can take advantage of them, also by not making it easily known that they are even entering there community and dumping waste.
In order for this story to convey a broad message about environmental justice they used a lot of stereotypes which are definetly somewhat true, but I would like to get a better idea of demographics and concrete data. I also want to know more about the health impacts of these toxic wastes in addition to other threats that happen when communities get dumped on.
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