Teaching about Environmental Racism: Four Activities
We enjoy our cars, our homes, our stuff, and the wastes and the toxic chemicals and pollutants used to create — or which are a result of — our shiny stuff go “away” somewhere that we don’t really have to think about.
But there is no “away.”
The waste processing plants, the oil refineries, the chemical plants – those are somewhere, and usually that somewhere is in a low-income and/or “minority” neighborhood.
Many schools are teaching kids about recycling and going “green,” but often the issue of environmental racism isn’t addressed.