Communities of color throughout the United States have become the dumping grounds for our nation’s waste disposal, as well as home to agricultural and/or manufacturing industries that pollute the land. Government regulations and cultural practices have all contributed to environmental racism. The government’s policies have also negatively impacted low income groups as well as people of color. Environmental justice is dependent on rethinking our environmental policies, and ethical environmental practices. There are many political and public health issues in which environmental racism is a contributing factor.
In the modern twenty-first century, there are many parts of society that are overlooked. Those that live in the higher rungs of the social order often live in the comfort of others. This phenomenon is known as environmental racism, which can be defined as any environmental policy, practice, or directive that disproportionately disadvantages nonwhite communities (Desmond and Emirbayer: 196). However, these policies can discriminate against poor whites as well since environmental racism categorically attacks communities that are less economically advantaged and live in poorer neighborhoods. Through environmental racism, the rich profit and the poor suffer, and this is done many times at the cost of people’s lives as seen in the case of Native
Pollution is a very bad issue that is affecting the world's ecosystem and the way we live today. People in the future may have problems with so much pollution in the forests, cities and suburbs that we may have to inhabit another planet. Some of the main problems are water pollution, noise pollution, air pollution and many more different forums of pollution. Comprising over 70% of the earth , water is the most valuable resource. Life on Earth would be non existent while not water as a result of it's essential for everything on our planet to grow.
Another way used to dispose of waste is through incineration. This method requires very close monitoring, since the ashes and smoke can still be just as hazardous as its physical form. Burning wastes at very high ... ... middle of paper ... ...e environment that have had an influence on the habitats of many organisms. Most of these pollution incidents have a negative effect on both our environment and economy, which deals with how food is produced and how it is affected by pollution. Water has also been influenced negatively by the overcoming waste that is manufactured by people and certain businesses and when it is polluted by garbage, there is nothing that is done until it becomes a problem.
The Environment, Bell Hooks, and Feminist Spirituality The Environment: The environment is constantly being sacrificed for food production, toxic dumps, wood distribution, military testing, and other things such as these. And as usual, the root lies in profit. The corporations can’t afford to be concerned with the future well being of the earth and it’s dwellers. Also, environmental pollution can be connected to racism and classism because it is the poor communities that are used for toxic dumps and prisons, and it’s the poor people who work in the factories that require having contact with harmful chemicals and technologies, and generally the poor communities consist of people of color. Many of the readings were interesting, but the most influential for me was “Power, Authority, and Mystery” by Starhawk.
Environmental injustice has become a prominent issue within the context of the United States, because the dominant ideology of the nation promotes profit over the livelihood of people. Environmental racism refers to the intentional dumping of hazardous materials into specific communities, as well as limiting communities access to health food. Capitalism and the commercialization of healthy food has disregarded the sustainability of the environment, as well as disproportionately impacts poor communities of color. Corporations target communities of color because of lack of political clout, due to the most labor and time being spent on working low wage jobs and surviving the conditions produced by poverty. The structural positioning of communities,
Of course, the effects of environmental injustice are indeed consequential to the globe. The push for environmental justice has quickly turned into a full on movement, apposed and approved by many, but important to all. Environmental justice, despite its name, is not solely based on the environment, but its politics. Environmental injustice, or the disruption of the environment and its inhabitants, is the base for the political aspects because large companies dump harsh chemicals and pollutants in areas inhabited by people of minority or areas known to house the poor. Some dispute the notion to create environmental justice because putting too much emphasis on ridding areas of factories and sites of waste are extremely negative in the face of economics across the country, as well as the world.
Because people do not understand or do not care to understand about conserving our resources, many reusable items are being put in landfills when recycling these items could help save the environment. People should know the negative impact of throwing away a water bottle or newspaper, purchasing meat from the grocery store or consuming gasoline has on the environment, and many do not. By informing society about how their decisions affect the environment, we can help save our planet and change our attitude toward the land we live on, the water we drink and the air we breathe” and truly show respect for the stuff that we depend on. The United States produces “about 8.25 billion tons of solid wastes each year” (Russell 1). People do not realize the impact they have on our planet and environment.
This is called racial profiling. Although some argue that racial profiling is a necessary tool for law enforcement to protect our safety, it puts some people at a disadvantage while it privileges others. Overall racial profiling is bad for the economy, unconstitutional, and sets borderlines for different races. Bad economic results can occur when racial profiling is accepted and urged to be used. Matthew Rothschild states, “Better to take nonviolent action and press our case with boycott”(3).Rothschild is referring to Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law that allows local law enforcement the power to ask any suspect for proof of citizenship.
Poverty also contributes to disease and death through its second-order effects; poor people, for example, are more likely to live in an unhealthy environment. Many of the world's poorest are unable to secure even the bare necessities for a healthy life such as food, water, shelter, clothing, and health care. Globally, one of the major causes of ill health is malnutrition. Malnutrition is an is... ... middle of paper ... ...ete for valuable industries, countries will neglect measures to restrict child labor, to protect the environment, or to ensure worker safety. Also, industries heavily regulated in the developed world because of their harmful environmental and health impacts are migrating to the developing world.