Environmental equity is frequently misunderstood—it’s used interchangeably with environmental justice and is often dismissed as a side effect of identity politics. But what people get wrong about environmental equity is far more profound and disturbing than a simple mix-up or accusations of political strategy.Read More
Many journalists, activists, and even the general public use the terms environmental equity and environmental justice interchangeably. Indeed, they are linked to similar outcomes, but they differ in significant ways. And perhaps no recent natural disaster illustrates this more clearly than Hurricane Florence and its ongoing impact on the Carolinas.
Understanding Environmental Equity
Environmental equity describes a country, or world, in which no single group or community faces disadvantages in dealing with environmental hazards, disasters, or pollution. Ideally, no one should need extreme wealth or political connections to protect the well-being of their families and communities. Environmental equity is a basic human right.Read More
The planet is in peril—the effects of climate change, pollution, improper waste disposal, deforestation, and lack of access to clean water are just a few of the key environmental issues affecting the U.S. as well as other nations. Luckily, there are groups of enthusiastic young people who are eager to find solutions and ensure they, and their children and grandchildren, can enjoy Earth’s resources for years to come. Aru Shiney-Ajay, a 20-year-old Swarthmore College student, joined a sit-in to stop Representative Patrick Meehan from signing a bill that provided tax cuts to fossil fuel businessowners.Read More
“Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents—it was loaned to you by your children.” — Native American Proverb
Today’s recognition and celebration of Earth Day 2017 is a time for MobilizeGreen’s friends and supporters to reflect on the rich heritage and diversity of people of color who have traditionally “lived off the land” with a view of themselves as one with, and protectors of, the environment – the earth, air, water, and all living things.Read More
Young people will be dealing with the threats and opportunities of climate change whether they want to or not. Listen to how one young man has chosen to speak out about climate change.
Meet Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a 15-year-old who believes that climate change is the defining issue of his generation. In an article called, Meet the Teenage Indigenous Hip-Hop Artist Taking on Climate Change, Rolling Stone describes him as “a 15-year-old trilingual Indigenous hip-hop artist from Boulder who sits on Obama's youth council and who's already organized youth crews on six continents.” Others have described Xiutezcatl as the ‘Kid Warrior’ mobilizing a youth army to fight for the environment.Read More