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The Right to Breathe: Defending Impacted Communities

Attorneys Paul Cort and Emma Cheuse discuss how Earthjustice is fighting to protect communities from the impacts of burning fossil fuels. This conversation was held on May 16, 2014.

In neighborhoods across our nation, simply taking a breath of air is risky business. For years, oil refineries, coal plants, and other industrial facilities have escaped Clean Air Act requirements, allowing them to spew deadly pollutants into the air shared by nearby communities.

Residents are left with a difficult decision: stay indoors or breathe in pollutants that can cause lung and heart disease, cancer, brain damage—even death. Mobile sources such as cars, trucks, ships, and trains also create vast amounts of air pollution, often disproportionately impacting poor communities.

This conversation was held on May 16, 2014.

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Ecology Without Equality

Longtime environmental justice advocate Vernice Miller-Travis discusses her belief that green groups and environmental justice groups must work together in order to build a more diverse and effective environmental movement. Listen to an interview with Vernice on the podcast Down to Earth.