“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” – MARTIN LUTHER KING, Jr.
“To promote health and environmental equality for all people of North Carolina through community action for clean industry, safe work places and fair access to all human and natural resources.
We seek to accomplish these goals through organizing, advocacy, research, and education based on principles of economic equity and democracy for all people.”
All individuals and groups of people should live in a safe and healthy environment. However, because of their race, ethnicity, and income, many North Carolinians have been subjected to living in unsafe environments. This is environmental injustice!
Environmental injustices exist because many businesses, government agencies, and other organizations in positions of power have discriminatory practices and policies. This is what it means when something becomes “institutionalized.”
Environmental injustices occur not only in our backyard, but also at the state, national, and international level. Thus, environmental injustice is everyone’s problem.