Every person is made in God's image, has dignity, and has been given gifts to contribute to the thriving of all Creation. However, the social sins of racismand persistent poverty undermine human dignity and repress people's ability to fully develop and use God's gifts. Disproportionate burdens of illness and insecurity fall on the most vulnerable people. Environmental justice is equal environmental protection of all people, regardless of color, income, gender, national origin, race, or ethnicity. Protecting the dignity of every human being is integral to protecting Creation.
About Our Work
The vast majority of NCC Eco-Justice education and advocacy work is seen through an environmental justice lens. It is impossible to talk about climate change without considering its disproportionate impact on women, racial/ethnic minorities, and climate refugees. We cannot talk about environmental health without acknowledging the disgraceful dumping and toxifying practices that primarily burden racial/ethnic minority and low income communities. Justice for God's people and God's planet are inseparable.
There is more you can do to help God's Creation and the people who suffer the most from injustice. Get information from our Get Involved Page and read about the important work being done by other organizations that support environmental justice. See how they promote safe, healthy, and fair practices across the nation. Take the time to Get Involved.
Many environmental injustices go on in the United States including toxic waste sites in African-American communities, sewage treatment near low income housing, and pesticides being sprayed where migrant farm workers labor. Click here to find more information on environmental justice to share with and educate your community. Want to learn more about the topics mentioned above? Click on Environmental Racism or U.S. - Mexico Border Fence to get more details on these topics.
For More Information Contact:
Eco-Justice Program Office National Council of Churches
110 Maryland Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20002