Public Hearings: Is Anyone Listening?

“A public hearing is an official event on a public issue where the public speaks and the officials don't listen.” Activists spends endless hours sitting and testifying in public hearings. Local leaders often have endless patience despite the fact that hearings are generally convened in inconvenient places, at inconvenient times and with the room set [...]

My Personal Experience with the EPA

By: Jose Aguayo, Senior Science Associate The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is an often embattled and criticized federal agency – and very much rightly so. Since its inception in late 1970, the EPA has struggled to deliver on its mandate to be good stewards for America’s environment. However, it is my view derived from [...]

Individuals With Disabilities & Environmental Justice

By: Sharon Franklin, Chief of Operations In a recent article in Environmental Health News, Environmental injustice and disability: Where is the research?, it sites that one group remains largely ignored: disabled people, who make up more than 25% of the United States population. When descriptions of environmental justice are made, the EPA doesn’t even include [...]

Environmental Justice is a Health Crisis

By: Jessica Klees, Communications Intern Research shows that among those with chronic diseases, use of health services increased as exposure to air pollution increased. It has also been shown that “burning fossil fuels has had significant, direct, and harmful impacts on heart disease, lung disease, and other health problems.” Exposure to pollution hurts those who [...]

The Day My Life Changed Forever

It was 43 years ago when I travelled to Albany, New York from Love Canal to meet with the NYS Health Department. My goal was to deliver the petition from the Love Canal Parents Movement asking for the state to close the 99th Street Elementary School.  August 2, 1978 was the day my whole world [...]

Hazy Skies and Corporate Ties: We Must Put People Over Profits

By: Leija Helling, Community Organizing Intern On Monday afternoon between Zoom meetings, I set out for a walk around my Boston neighborhood and opened the front door to a hazy sky. The air felt thick and smelled like a backyard barbecue. I stood in confusion for a moment, and then in disbelief: wildfire smoke. News [...]

Polluting Industries Profits Vs. Risks To Public Health

By: Tony Aguilar, Community Organizing Intern Time and time again, it seems as though legislation always swings in the direction of big industries–especially the chemical, oil and gas, and pharmaceutical industries–rather than in the direction of the general public. A small number of pharmaceutical companies have been allowed to control the market on drugs and [...]

“Green Energy,” Misleading Labels, and Loopholes

By: Julia Weil, Organizing Intern While switching to green energy is typically beneficial for human health, a higher standard for what is classified as “green energy” is required to protect vulnerable communities. An example of this is the definition of renewable resources, which allows Europe, which pledged to decrease fossil fuel use, to consider biomass [...]

Water Quality: From Information To Immersive

By: Benjamin Silver, Science and Technology Intern Imagine suspecting that your drinking water is unsafe, but lacking the tools to verify your assumption. If the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota wants to obtain useful data about their drinking water, they must navigate to an online Water Quality Portal with multiple spreadsheets. Some of these [...]

Systemic Redlining & Utilizing The Three Dimensions of Environmental Justice

By: Isabel Maternowski, Community Organizing Intern In the 1930s the federal government redlined black neighborhoods across the United States. A 'Forgotten History' Of How The U.S. Government Segregated America: NPR.  These neighborhoods were labeled as “hazardous” and “risky” investments.  People living in these areas were denied access to federally supported mortgages, bank loans, and other [...]