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What Is Intersectional Environmentalism?

As we celebrate Black History Month, learn about the ongoing struggle with environmental racism to better prepare yourself to take a stand.

Published on: February 06, 2021

"This is an inclusive version of environmentalism that advocates for both the protection of people and the planet. It identifies the ways in which injustices happening to marginalized communities and the earth are interconnected. It brings injustices done to the most vulnerable communities, and the earth, to the forefront and does not minimize or silence social inequality. Intersectional environmentalism advocates for justice for people and the planet."
- Leah Thomas (@greengirlleah)

"People who live, work, and play in America's most polluted environments are commonly people of color and the poor. Environmental justice advocates have shown that this is no accident." While this long-time struggle is complex, the NRDC presents two insightful summaries in "The History of Environmental Justice in Five Minutes" and "What Is Environmental Justice?"

As we celebrate Black History Month, take in this helpful guide by The New York Times of essays, articles, and books chronicling the ongoing struggle with environmental racism to better prepare yourself to take a stand.

Stay tuned for more information on intersectional environmentalism, how we're engaging with this issue, and what you can do to help.

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