An Introduction to Environmental Justice
As environmental activists push for changes to our water, land, and habitat laws, it is important to also keep note of how environmental burdens and benefits affect humans as well! One example that is becoming more relevant is the idea of a just transition away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy. Although we know that calls to curb climate change require a switch from fossil fuel producing resources, we also know that many, many people earn their livelihoods from fossil fuel extraction and production and cannot be left out in the cold if one day their jobs disappear. The idea behind a just transition is to ensure that those communities most affected by a transition away from fossil fuels are supported. This support is just one more recent example of the importance of environmental justice.