Thursday, May 30, 2019

America Needs Environmental Equity Essay -- Environmental Racism

Introduction ...We live in a breakable takeable world, an ever available possible world These words, by poet and singer-songwriter Ani Difranco, articulate the relationship between the milieu and its inhabitants. Society is constantly manipulating the environment. Our capacity for changing the environment is kept in check by the destructible aspect of nature. The changes we make, those advancements in technology, are limited. While the industrial revolution, per say, is over, industry is ever expanding, moving us into a faster, more efficient lifestyle. However, efficiency and advanced technology are not without their price, and that fee, even more so than monetary in nature, is more accurately quantified by an increased duress on the environment and its inhabitants. As industry expands, waste products increase, and often this waste is harmful to humans, plants, and animals. So-c altogethered advancements, such as pesticides, which can greatly increase crop production, may cause ch ronic health problems. Environmental stressors, such as smelters, chemical plants, incinerators, and landfills all result from efforts to improve the functioning of society, and all have adverse effects on the populations living within proximity of these stressors (Bullard 1994).The Problem We have decided as a collective society to further our technology and expand our industries at the cost of a less healthy environment. Because this decision is one that affects all of us, we must be willing to take equal responsibility for the harm done to the environment and to its inhabitants. Unfortunately, white members of the middle and upper socio-economic classes have not current the price of advancement, and have instead placed the burdens of ou... ...onmental Planning and Management. June 1996, Volume 392.Less Equal than Others. Lancet. April 2, 1994, Volume 3438901.Payne, Henry. Green Redlining. Reason. October 1998, Volume 305. BibliographyBoerner, Christopher. Environmental Injus tice. public Interest. Winter 1995, Issue 118.Bullard, Robert D. Overcoming Racism in Environmental Decisionmaking. Environment. May 1994, Volume 364.Durning, Alan. Action at the Grassroots fighting poverty and environmental decline. Worldswatch base Washington D.C., 1989.Environmental Racism? Wilson Quarterly. Spring 1995, Volume 192.Sachs, Aaron. Eco-Justice linking human rights and the environment. Worldswatch Insititute Washington D.C., 1995.Reilly, William K. Environmental Equity EPAs position. EPA Journal. March/April 1992, Volume 181.

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