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.
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.
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.
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.
September 29th, 2016|Comments Off on Grassroots Green Hero: Save Our County’s Alonzo Spencer!
Alonzo Spencer, president of Save Our County, speaks during a demonstration at City Hall decrying a hazardous waste incinerator run by Heritage Thermal Services in East Liverpool on Tuesday, [...]
Over the next few months building up to the election, CHEJ will be focusing a majority of our time on fracking and clean water. Check out this really entertaining video sent to us by our friends from Frack Off Project!
December 6th, 2016|Comments Off on Low Doses Matter
A new video is available that addresses the cumulative impact of exposure to low level mixtures [...]
After the success of determined activists at the Standing Rock Pipeline Camp in North Dakota, advisers to the new governmental administration plan to privatize Native American land to facilitate oil drilling and strip them of their sovereignty.
We have won a battle against big oil and for marginalized communities, but the fight is not yet over.