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The Push for Environmental Justice

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Every movement has its pros and its cons, and environmental justice is no different. The term "environmental justice" emerged in the 1980's, but the movement started as early as the 1970's. Of course, the want for environmental justice has always been there. All throughout history justice has been sought after, and environmental justice is just half of it. Politics and the economy are extreme factors to where and whom environmental injustice effect. Developing countries, such as Egypt, are extremely high in environmental injustice, due to the extreme poverty. The reasons people create and oppose environmental injustice are understandable, yet debatable for both sides. Some feel environmental injustice is growing so prominent that they must find or create ways of preventing it. 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. It was said by Jonathan Adler, an individual involved in the Heartland Institute, that, "By erecting the greatest barriers to economic development in those communities... ... middle of paper ... ...problems. In comparison, Massachusetts's overall asthma rate is 3.6 per 1,000, or in other terms, one-fifth of Roxbury. Activists try to instill these effects into those whom produce the harmful chemicals, but are unsuccessful. Environmental injustice is a prime example of politics in nature that both activists and creators have strong opinions on. People all around the globe have fought and protested for equal justice in their community. The creation of environmental injustice is key in economics, but disastrous in the terms of human rights. Minorities and classes are greatly effected by environmental injustice and its effects on the globe and its inhabitants. Finding the balance between economics and justice for those who need it is an intricate matter, but an important one, nonetheless. Will we ever find the balance between politics and morals? We may never know.
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