Rutgers Journal of Law & Public Policy

Volume 9, Issue 2: Symposium on Environmental Justice

Volume 9, Issue 2:  Symposium on Environmental Justice
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So as an overview of environmental justice, we'll start just by defining it. This is one of many definitions of environmental justice.  So one definition states, environmental justice is the fair -- it's defined as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race, color, national origin or income, with respect to development, implementation and enforcement of environmental law.
So I'm a professor, and I read you that definition. And I understand that that probably doesn't mean a lot to the people who haven't been doing this. So I figure it's probably worthwhile to ground you a little bit in a factual understanding of environmental injustice. Probably the pragmatic one is the siting of locally unwanted land, which is what we call LULUs, right, in low-income and minority communities. ... [read more]