There is a landmark environmental justice bill making its way through Congress that aims to address environmental injustices and hold polluting industries accountable. Everyone has the right to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and live without fear of toxic chemical contamination. Unfortunately, that’s not the reality for millions of people living with the disproportionately high impacts of dangerous pollution. From the ports of Long Beach, California, and Newark, New Jersey to the communities of Cancer Alley in Louisiana and Indigenous lands across the American West, polluting industries continue to poison the air, water, and land of communities of color and those of low income while facing little, if any, consequences.
As congressional leaders work to rapidly construct the clean energy infrastructure of the future, we must not waste our time on false solutions that prioritize reckless development and silence communities in the process. The Environmental Justice for All Act provides a blueprint for engaging communities from the start and developing projects in a better, responsible, and resilient way.
The Environmental Justice for All Act will help remedy decades of environmental racism while empowering frontline communities to hold polluters accountable. The time is now for Congress to support this inclusive, ambitious, and community-driven piece of legislation. Write to your member of Congress now.