The Hazardous Climate of Environmental Racism

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Since the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1970, we’ve seen substantial improvements in environmental quality. Although improvements have occurred over time, the staggering consequences and implications of environmental racism are clearly seen and felt today by Black and Indigenous communities. In 2022, demonstrations showcasing environmental racism faced by these communities include, the Jackson, Mississippi water crisis and the continual targeting of Indigenous reservations, as industrial waste dump sites. Additional events include water pollution, poor city infrastructure for impoverished areas, and exploitation of Indigenous land. We seek to highlight and compare the prevalence of environmental disparities faced by Black and Indigenous communities. The presentation will draw upon scholarly research to inform the audience about the impact of environmental racism and provide potential solutions to solve the consequences of environmental racism on Black and Indigenous communities.


How to Cite: Cuevas, B. , Davis-Picou, A. & Nichols, K. (2023) “The Hazardous Climate of Environmental Racism”, Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity. 24(1).