Social Determinants Meet Environmental Health

By: Evelyn Zavala, Science Intern I was drawn to working with CHEJ because of their work with communities across the United States of diverse backgrounds, socio-economic status, ethnicities, geographical locations, and education. CHEJ is where the community meets science, environment, health, and justice. Recently we have seen how vital this relationship really is. While the [...]

The Intersection Between Tribal Sovereignty and Environmental Justice

By: Kristen Millstein, Communications Intern In the summer of 2016, I traveled to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. I was in high school and had not spent significant time outside my California bubble. Pine Ridge was like a different world. While there, I learned from tribal leaders about the continual violation of their [...]

A new study finds air pollution from fossil fuels causes 20% of premature deaths worldwide

By Mihir Vohra, Research Associate In the fight to end our reliance on fossil fuels, most of the focus has been on the dangers of carbon dioxide emissions, but other emissions are harmful as well. Particulate matter (PM) is a type of air pollution made up of a mixture of dust, chemicals, and liquid droplets [...]

Justice Through GIS

By: Benjamin Silver, Science and Technology Intern I never imagined that a five-gigabyte software on my laptop could contain an approach to fighting environmental injustice. The keys lie somewhere between map frames and advanced geostatistical interpolations. Before interning at CHEJ, I had an incomplete understanding of environmental justice. I pictured the field solely as activists [...]

Inequity in the Distribution of Covid-19 Vaccine

Everyone’s talking about the Covid-19 vaccine these days – who gets it first; how will it be distributed; is there enough; where do I sign up; and so much more. While it’s still early in the rollout, it’s already become clear that African Americans and Latinos, who have been hit the hardest by the Corona [...]

A Movement for Community-Oriented Science

By: Leija Helling, Organizing Intern Today marks the inauguration of Joe Biden as our president and there is work to be done. Across the country, groups are coming together in an effort to push the incoming administration on progressive policies. We must continue to demand better from our government and, unlike over the past four [...]

A Shocking, yet unsurprising, end to a failed presidency

By: Gustavo Andrade, Organizing Director After the horrific display of violence and hatred in Washington, DC last week, we must unite to uphold our most basic common values of democracy and safety for all. We fully support the bi-partisan efforts to impeach, convict and remove this president. There is no place for white nationalism in [...]

A coal plant on Navajo land is finally demolished

By Mihir Vohra, Research Associate For over 40 years, the Navajo Generating Station (NGS), located on Navajo nation land near Page, AZ, was the largest coal plant in the American West. The NGS and the coal mine that fed it shut down in 2019, and on December 18th, 2020 its three smokestacks were finally demolished. [...]

When the Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary

By: Zack Schiffer, Organizing Intern It has been one week since I began my community organizing internship with CHEJ. Many pride CHEJ on its ability to organize ordinary citizens and lead them towards accomplishing extraordinary things, but until spending a week with this dynamic team, I did not truly appreciate the level of dedication and energy [...]

An Overlooked Group in the Fight for Environmental Justice

By: Ruth Rodriguez, Communications Intern As an intern for CHEJ, I reflect on environmental justice every single day. This leads me to ponder over the intersection of homelessness and environmental justice. We see environmental justice as an issue that affects low income communities and communities of color, but we fail to address those who do [...]