Climate & Environment

Environmental racism is defined as environmental injustice that occurs within a racialized context both in practice and policy.

As part of her mandate in the Department of the Interior, Haaland is committed to leveraging the funding outlined in the bipartisan infrastructure bill to help clean up legacy pollution.

Around the region, people are filling in the gap to meet the overwhelming need of the moment.  

A pair of Facebook Live videos filmed by Kyanna Parsons-Perez showed the extent of what candle factory workers experienced in Mayfield, Kentucky when a tornado hit. But they also showed the heroic role the Black woman played during the extreme weather event.

"The plant will be an additional source of air pollution in a community of color that already has one of the highest rates of asthma hospitalizations in the state."

President Biden attending the COP25 United Nations Climate Change conference in Glasgow is drawing attention to the myriad ways global warming directly affects Black people.

It is not just intimidation at the polls or election administrators removing voters from the rolls that count toward limiting the franchise. It is also the combination of displacement following natural disasters and election officials refusing to accommodate impacted voters.

A new EPA report confirmed that Black people face the highest risk of deaths from the effects of climate change that result in high temperatures and natural disasters not unlike Hurricane Ida.

Several groups across the region are providing support to residents within the path of the storm. Residents and volunteers are urged to use caution in providing or seeking assistance as severe conditions persist.

Residents of Centreville, Ill., have been locked in a decades-long battle to get the local government to correct issues with raw sewage discharges flooding yards and basements.

Senior Advisor to the president, Cedric Richmond, said the bipartisan infrastructure framework was designed to address issues disproportionately impacting Black and other communities of color.

Brenda Mallory, the first Black chair of the Council on Environmental Quality, says new guidance for the Justice40 Initiative gives federal agencies a framework for ensuring historically underinvested communities receive at least 40% of the benefits from climate change and clean energy projects.