Pursuing Environmental Justice
Low-income communities and communities of color across the United States often face disproportionate burdens of exposure to pollution. They are also burdened with higher rates of illnesses associated with environmental contaminants compared with the rest of the population. These groups are far more likely to work with industrial agents that increase cancer risk, have less access to institutions that protect them, and suffer disproportionately from exposures to harmful chemicals where they live. Reducing disparities in exposures to environmental contaminants and promoting environmental justice ensures that everyone has the opportunity to live a long, healthy, and productive life.