What is Environmental Justice (EJ)?

Environmental justice can be described many different ways. Generally, EJ encompasses the following:

  • The equitable distribution of environmental risks and benefits
  • Fair and meaningful participation in environmental decision-making

EJ is for everyone, as we are all members of a community and our environment impacts all of us. Many different exposures and issues can be placed under the umbrella of EJ, such as:

  • Water quality
  • Air quality
  • Housing
  • Community health
  • Food deserts
  • Flooding

…to name a few. With this diversity in topics, EJ-related research tends to be interdisciplinary, calling on people with different backgrounds and skills to work together. EJ also encourages environmental stewardship, which is the idea that everyone has a responsibility to contribute to improving their local community and environment.

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