Environmental Justice

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Air pollution from Baltimore's Wheelabrator trash incinerator causes $55 million annually in health problems.

Photo Credit: Rob Beach/CBF Staff

Everyone Deserves Clean Water, Clean Air, and a Safe Environment

What Is Environmental Justice?

Environmental justice refers to the effort to ensure that people with lower incomes and BIPOC communities aren't disproportionately harmed by pollution and other environmental threats. There's a long history of undesirable facilities (think landfills, trash incinerators, or coal plants) being built where people have the least power—all too often communities with low incomes or largely BIPOC.

Clean water, clean air, and a safe environment are rights we all share.

Here are just a few of the ways CBF is working to ensure that everyone has equal access to clean water, clean air, and a safe environment.

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Founded in 1967, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest independent conservation organization dedicated solely to saving the Bay.

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