When it comes to the environment, minority communities care about more than injustice

Minorities continue to combat environmental injustice in their communities
Amanda J Baugh, California State University, Northridge

Numerous studies since the 1980s have shown that environmental racism plays a key role in environmental decision-making. Toxic waste sites, landfills, and polluting industries are located disproportionately in minority communities.

Because examples of environmental racism are so prevalent, people assume that minorities' experiences of the environment are defined by environmental problems. Discussions about minorities and environmentalism tend to focus narrowly on environmental justice: the idea that minority communities deserve equal protection from environmental hazards.

Assistant Professor Amanda Baugh gives an overview of the history of the environmentalist movement, then explores the reasons that minority communities care about the environment, which are not limited to limited to environmental justice concerns.

According to Baugh, these groups challenge the generalization that they don't prioritize environmental concerns, and show that "communities of color demonstrate deep concern for the planet."

Read the complete article with links to more information:  http://theconversation.com/when-it-comes-to-the-environment-minority-communities-care-about-more-than-injustice-44067