The Center for Health, Environment and Justice has been on the front line in the fight for environmental health for 35 years. We train and support local activists across the country and build local, state and national initiatives that win on issues from Superfund to climate change.

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We Can Help You Win

CHEJ has the tools to help residents fight against toxic threats in their community. We can provide scientific information to make your case, leadership training to build your organization and organize your community, and ongoing coaching throughout the process.

Whether you are starting a new initiative from scratch with volunteers or have been working together for years, CHEJ is there for you. Contact us to find out more. 

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Love Canal

Our story began in Love Canal, NY, where Lois Gibbs led her neighbors to be protected from 20,000 tons of hazardous waste buried in their backyards. Love Canal was national news and the catalyst for the federal Superfund program.

Armed with lessons about the power of organizing, education and the bold voice of local residents defending their families, Lois launched CHEJ in 1981. We’ve been fighting for a healthier environment ever since.

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A Network For Change

Our nationwide network of more than 300 local community groups works locally and at the regional, state and national levels to achieve critical policy impacts around issues like fracking, release of toxic chemicals, climate change, industral waste and more.

The communities we serve are largely rural, low-wealth or working class—the places that typically bear the brunt of environmental degradation. Together, we make a difference. 

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  • FILE - In this April 12, 2007 file photo, the exterior of the Crawford Generating Station, a coal-fired power station, is seen in Chicago. On Tuesday, April 13, 2010, several Chicago aldermen are calling for a new ordinance they say would make the city one of the only major U.S. cities to severely limit soot and greenhouse gas pollution from coal-driven power plants. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Environmental justice takes center stage at the Clean Power Plan hearing

November 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Environmental justice takes center stage at the Clean Power Plan hearing

"CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA — Jacqui Patterson, director of the environmental and climate justice program at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), began her testimony at the [...]

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Toxic Geographies: chemical plants, plantations, and plants that will not grow

November 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Toxic Geographies: chemical plants, plantations, and plants that will not grow

Life in Cancer Alley--- "‘You can’t eat nothing off the ground anymore’ explained one local resident, who like many in this area, has seen the local ecology slowly degenerate over the [...]

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Incoming EPA Adviser Thinks Air is Too Clean

November 6th, 2017|Comments Off on Incoming EPA Adviser Thinks Air is Too Clean

"One of the new White House appointees to a critical environmental panel once said that the air these days is just too clean to promote good health. Robert Phalen, an [...]

#RiseUp2017
#FromProtestToPower

Watch progressive leader and commentator Van Jones make the keynote address during the morning plenary session of the “Rise Up” People’s Action convention in Washington, D.C. on April 24.

See #CHEJShareworthy below for another video from the convention.

    
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Hurricane Victims Don’t Have the ‘Complexion for Protection’

October 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Hurricane Victims Don’t Have the ‘Complexion for Protection’

Millions of Puerto Ricans are still without water, food, electricity and shelter, four weeks after Hurricane [...]

Tell Ben & Jerry’s CEO: Get pesticides out of your ice cream!

Think about it: Ten of 11 samples of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream tested positive for glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s dangerous Roundup herbicide.

The ice cream brand claims its social mission “seeks to meet human needs and eliminate the injustices in our local, national and international communities,” and that its focus is “on children and families, the environment and sustainable agriculture on family farms.”

Send a message today.

Watch the video: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joins dozens of grassroots activists pledging to run for office as the featured speaker at the April 24 afternoon plenary of the People’s Action “Rise Up: From Protest to Power” convention.