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.
December 20th, 2016|Comments Off on Is Your Drinking Water Safe?
Corpus Christi, Texas, residents warned to avoid tap water. Residents of Corpus Christi, Texas were told to not to drink or bathe in the tap water because of a chemical [...]
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!
January 7th, 2017|Comments Off on What Does Standing Rock and Love Canal Struggles Have In Common?
Real democracy in action. Both situations did not have the law on their side, regulations or [...]
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.