Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 Environmental justice did not become common vernacular until the early 1980s, but it has been around since the 1960s. In 1982, when a landfill was proposed in Warren County, North Carolina, to accept PCBs, a highly toxic by-product of the chemical industry, it sparked a massive protest. #2 As the EJ movement grew, so did the research. However, the predominant focus on the effects of siting of noxious facilities provided only a narrow window into how environmental racism played out in communities of color. #3 The first indigenized environmental justice movement was the 1991 People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit, which produced the Principles of Environmental Justice. #4 The concept of environmental justice was developed in response to the findings by social scientists that racial minority and low-income populations bear a higher environmental risk burden than the general population.
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