Environmental Racism

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In this paper I will be discussing the topic of Environmental Racism; which is the purposeful placement of environmentally hazardous locations such as toxic waste sites and landfills near communities of minority or low-income. My personal view on the issue of Environmental Racism is that the government is placing a huge burden on the health and safety of those who reside in communities of color and poverty by placing these waste facilities directly in their communities and exposing those to hazardous toxins and pollutants. They play around the issue of being racist, and although they won’t admit to it, it seems quite obvious that there is a correlation between the placement of these facilities and the community. I believe every person, no matter…show more content…
Because of the environmentally hazardous locations being placed in communities where the health and safety of those who live there are negatively affected, this is NOT sustainable. If we want all people living on Earth in the year 2060 to be able to achieve a quality lifestyle, then we should not be placing waste sites in communities where the health and living conditions are negatively impacted. The main idea of racism is that groups of people are labeled as inferior by another group of people that view themselves as being superior over everyone else. The habits and actions that we engage in today play a major part in the downfall of our environment and it all stems from the issue of being greedy, and possessing the thought that one is superior over everyone else and puts their own wants and needs first regardless of the effects on others and the environment. Sustainability’s main objective is to protect the environment for the future generations by preforming actions that help to make the Earth a better place to live, and Environmental Racism attacks the objective of sustainability by exposing those of minority communities to a toxic and unhealthy environment. This rejects the principles of sustainability because instead of improving the quality of the environment for generations to come, we are destroying it and preparing for the further destruction of our…show more content…
By itself, Environmental Racism is still providing communities of color the consequences of suffrage because of all the polluters that are being placed in and around their neighborhoods. So either way, Environmental Racism is viewed as being wrong just by itself alone, but, when it is put in the context of sustainability, it opens up a broader perspective on how the topic is actually negatively affecting the environment right now, and how it will affect the future generations as
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