Environmental Justice

Flowing through the poorest neighborhoods in the District, the Anacostia River is the nation’s forgotten river. National parklands in its watershed are abandoned toxic dumps. Communities bear the health risks of living near power plants and landfills. Parents who taught their kids to swim in the river and churches who baptized their members in the river no longer go near it. Development is not environmentally sustainable, and it does not reflect the needs or wants of the community.

 

Understanding Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice is a relatively new, evolving concept, and there are many definitions and approaches.

Resources:

EPA's Office of Environmental Justice

River Network’s Healthy Waters, Healthy Communities Program

First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit 's 17 Principles of Environmental Justice