Bakersfield, California, está rodeada por campos agrícolas industriales, excavadoras de petróleo y gas, y tiene casi la peor calidad de aire del país.
Según la Asociación Pulmonar Americana, Bakersfield es el lugar con mayor polución de partículas a corto plazo en Estados Unidos y con los peores niveles de polución de ozono. Ambas formas de contaminación están relacionadas con enfermedades pulmonares, como el asma, y enfermedades del corazón.
Pam Nixon vive en una zona de West Virginia que llaman "Valle Químico", rodeada de industrias que manejan químicos tóxicos e inflamables. Durante los 65 años que ha vivido allí, ella ha tenido que refugiarse en casa y sellar sus ventanas repetidas veces por alertas de fugas químicas.
Pam Nixon lives in an area of West Virginia called “Chemical Valley,” where she is surrounded by facilities that handle dangerous toxic and flammable chemicals. Many times during her 65 years there she’s had to shelter in place, tape up windows and huddle in her home after being alerted about a chemical leak nearby.
Groups representing communities of color that are disproportionately impacted by climate change and pollution marched to the White House last weekend to let the nation know that these issues matter and must be dealt with.
Environmental justice groups will descend on Washington, D.C., this weekend from around the country to ramp up their fight against climate change. They will come together on April 29th for the Peoples Climate March march, walking from the U.S. Capitol to the White House and finally to the Washington Monument.
During the campaign and the first few weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency, it didn’t seem as though African Americans were explicitly targeted with negative policy directives (other than the cuts facing the majority of middle- and working-class Americans, of course).
President Trump’s recent trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture with black allies in tow, Omarosa Manigault and HUD Secretary nominee Ben Carson, obscures the fact that his policies are poised to set back the very communities he claims to want to help.