Environmental Racism Research
To have a broad understanding of "environmental racism", which would also include the best terminology to be used for "environmental racism", An ideal response would include a list of 3-5 organizations and specific projects within those organizations that tackle the issue of environmental racism. This should be a global focus.
- For the purposes of this research, environmental racism is a concept within the movement for environmental justice. The term is used to describe "environmental injustice that occurs within a radicalized context both in practice and policy."
- In the United States, the lead poisoning crisis in Flint, Michigan and the petrochemical pollution in Louisiana’s Cancer Alley are two of the most egregious examples of environmental racism.
- Some terms used when discussing environmental racism are "environmental justice", "climate justice", and "environmental injustice".
- A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency finds that people of color are much more likely to live near polluters and breathe polluted air.
- Unilever has been accused of environmental racism, even though they have been named as the global corporate leader in environmental sustainability, according to a survey of experts conducted by GlobeScan and SustainAbility.
"They created a very strategic plan that still is in many ways the best in class. They created these ambitious, clear plans that focus on what they really need to do — on packaging, chemical production, food production," said Chris Coulter, co-CEO of GlobeScan.
- Patigonia is a company that works through Patigonia Action Works to battle environmental racism. Patigonia has a program called: "1% for the Planet" and it is their self-imposed tax. It’s the percent of their sales that they donate to the preservation and restoration of natural environments. They fund environmental justice, civil democracy, sustainable communities and indigenous populations/communities. One of the organizations they partner with is called Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice.
- An environmental justice cause Patigonia is involved with is in Los Angeles. Their call to action is: "The majority of L.A.’s industrial oil drilling activity takes place in communities of color and low-income communities. Environmental justice groups are at the forefront of the fight to stop neighborhood oil drilling and return power back to the community."
Summary Of Our Early Findings Relevant To The Goals
- Our initial hour of research focused on scanning for the availability of publicly available data on the questions, and then providing some data, as well as one company that is touting it is fighting environmental racism, along with one of their partners and one cause within environmental justice they are tackling.
- What we want to make clear, however, is not every company uses the term environmental justice to describe their efforts, using other terms that involve the word climate injustice or climate justice. We will be using those terms if further research is moved forward on.
- We also found that while some companies like Unilever (which we covered in the early findings), as well as Nestle say they are fighting environmental racism, but in fact, they have had media coverage that states otherwise. This will make it more challenging to accurate find the companies that walk the walk and talk the talk.
- We also found three terms that we found were often used instead of, or in conjunction with "environmental racism". these terms came up quite often in our initial hour, and we did not see any others references. We are not suggesting pursuing this as a project moving forward.
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