Teaching about Environmental Justice
Environmental justice is “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies” (EPA). Unfortunately, in the U.S., low-income and colored communities are disproportionately affected by environmental issues, including air pollution and climate change. The ultimate goal of environmental justice is to ensure that all people are fairly and equally affected by environmental policies. Teaching about environmental justice is important because in order to become informed citizens who take actions against inequalities in our society, students need to learn about how environmental issues negatively affect certain communities.