I could have posted billions of articles about saving the planet, but my main focus ever since doing my senior thesis on how climate change affects low-income communities (and especially communities of color) is environmental justice, or what happens when people of color and low income people have greater access to clean air, water and environmental education. When searching for articles on Earth Day, therefore, I searched for articles specifically tackling environmental injustice in socially marginalized communities, namely the Black community.
The Root just came out recently with such a piece:
Of course, this isn’t the only day to pay respect to our Planet Earth. Every day we should take some action to help the planet. However, not everyone is able to do this, and so that’s why the Environmental Justice movement is so important. It has given historically oppressed communities a chance to voice their concerns and work together to speak out and say “Enough is enough.”
Book rec: The Environment and the People in American Cities by Dorceta Taylor is an excellent book that differentiates between conservationist environmental movement and the urban environmental movement. It discusses how conservationists often focused on preserving national parks and forests, but urban environmental movements focused on the correlation between class, race and gender inequalities and access to clean air, water and other environmental goods. Taylor really delves into a lot about the movement and gives extensive insight into a very important issue that is still relevant today.