Environmental Racism

Stereotypes of cultural and color communities



[pull_quote_center]“Environmental historians have documented new mainstream environmentalism’s wilderness and preservationist conceptions of the environment as a pristine green space devoid of people were derived from romantic and transcendentalist ideals and reflected class and racial biases.” p28 in Noxious New York” ― Silvia Hood Washington[/pull_quote_center] [dropcap type=”2″]E[/dropcap]nvironmental racism is the lop-sided effect of environmental perils on people of color .It is the racial stereotypes or prosecution of any policy, exercise, or directives that damagingly affects the environment of low-income and racially homogeneous communities at a critical rate than elite communities.

[pull_quote_center]”Racism is the intentional or unintentional use of power to isolate, separate and exploit others. . . Racism is more than just a personal attitude; it is the institutionalized form of the attitude” -National Council of Churches Racial Justice Working Group[/pull_quote_center]

Environmental racism has affected the eco-system, the exploitation of land, people, and the natural environment. It has resulted in damaging water resources, natural reserves, air and agriculture. Environmental racism functions as in differentiating between intra-nation, especially from the ethnic or racial groups form a non-numeric political and minority. For example, blacks in the U.S. form both a political and numerical racial minority. It’s a common phenomenon these days that peoples own interventions, activities and technologies that passively are becoming their own threats, yet brutally damaging the eco system and exploiting natural recourse. However the only difference is who is gaining and who gets damaged. It’s like that public policies and industrial practices are providing benefits to the countries in the North but shifting costs to countries in the South. Example of environmental racism

An explosion at a fertilizer facility in West, TX killed fifteen people, including local fire-fighters, and leveled an entire neighborhood in April 2013.

In an African American community in rural Louisiana, where among the 30 petrochemical and industrial plants, two vinyl companies bordering the community’s water reserves had contaminated it with,millions of pounds of ethylene dichloride (EDC). It is severely dangerous causing cancer, hormone disruption, and severe impairment of a child’s physical and cognitive development.

Farm workers work on crops that are treated with toxic pesticides and pesticide exposure can result in death, birth defects, cancer, nerve disorders, skin diseases and other problems.

Increased globalization of the world’s economy has alarmingly endangered human kind and severely damaged the eco-systems.  Many poor communities and poor nations inhabited largely by people of color and indigenous peoples are devastatingly under great jeopardy.In environmental racialism affected groups, poor or indigenous peoples live and dug oil, cut timber and extract minerals, pull out or quench out other natural resources quite inefficiently or exploitatively as to devastate eco-systems and destroy their culture and livelihood. Waste from both high and low tech industries, toxic chemicals etc. have polluted groundwater, soil and the atmosphere. The globalization of the chemical industry is increasing the levels of persistent organic pollutants, such as dioxin, in the environment.

As a consequence, these communities suffer shorter life spans, higher infant and adult mortality, poor health, poverty, diminished economic opportunities, substandard housing, and an overall degraded quality of life. Not only poor communities are affected but the eco system as well.

Government need to put forth certain incentives and policies and to take firm measure to this imperial matter of jeopardy. People need justice of fair jobs, human rights, healthy environment to live in. Environment needs justice of sacredness of Mother Earth, ecological unity and the interdependence of all species, and the right to be free from eco destruction.


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