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.
Forty Years of Environmental Justice: Where is the Justice?
In May 2022, an article by CBF Vice President of Litigation Jon Mueller and Environmental Justice Staff Attorney Taylor Lilley was published in the Public Interest Law Review. "Forty Years of Environmental Justice: Where is the Justice?" examines the history of environmental justice (or EJ) primarily through the lens of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the White House, and evaluates the progress made in terms of regulations and permitting. It also examines recent administrative and judicial decisions addressing EJ claims and, in conclusion, provides recommendations for ways in which EJ issues can be better presented and addressed. Read the article
Here are a few of the ways CBF is working to ensure that everyone has equal access to clean water, clean air, and a safe environment.
July 15, 2022
CBF and Branch's Baptist Church look to nature to solve environmental, health, and economic problems in Richmond.
July 14, 2022
The state's urban tree planting program presents an opportunity to deal with sweltering heat in the city.
December 10, 2021
For those of us who live in the Chesapeake Bay region, on the front lines of climate change, making sure we fight it aggressively is personal.
October 29, 2021
Our monthly roundup of engaging and educational content for you to enjoy at home. This month, we look at how a diverse array of groups and individuals throughout the watershed are pushing Bay restoration forward.
August 13, 2021
As the governor’s race heats up, candidates should look to the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint for a big environmental win.
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