Presentation on theme: "The Partnership for Onondaga Creek is a voice for the Midland Community and the environment advocating for better, nonpolluting solutions for Onondaga."— Presentation transcript:
The Partnership for Onondaga Creek is a voice for the Midland Community and the environment advocating for better, nonpolluting solutions for Onondaga Creek.
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE The Golden Rule for toxics and waste…. Put into others’ backyards only what you would put into your own.
We all see something different when we look out of our windows….
On Blaine Street, They saw green space… They saw neighbors they could trust… They cared about their community… No one wanted to move…
Today This is the view from a Blaine Street window….
Except now, there is no view. The residents were evicted from their homes. The windows are covered.
The Blaine Street neighborhood is (was) predominately African- American and low income.
No one wanted to move…
A Sewage Plant is being built across the street…
You may ask… Is this really discrimination? Is this really injustice?
Let’s be honest and look to our own experiences... How many white, suburban, or high income neighborhoods are SHUT DOWN?
What Research tells us…
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST’S COMMISSION FOR RACIAL JUSTICE, 1993 UPDATE: “The percentage of people of color remains three to five times higher in areas with the highest concentrations of commercial hazardous waste facilities...”
Again…. three to five times higher…
AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION, 1990: “Three out of every five African Americans and Latinos live in communities where toxic waste sites are located.” That’s 60%
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, 1990: “Racial minority and low-income populations experience higher than average exposures to selected air pollutants, hazardous waste facilities, contaminated fish, and agricultural pesticides.”
Selected Studies of Racial and Income Disparities in the Distribution of Environmental Hazards, 1967 – 1993 From Benjamin A. Goldman, “Not Just Prosperity, Achieving Sustainability with Environmental Justice,” Washington, DC, National Wildlife Federation, 1993
RACIAL INEQUALITIES AND UNFAIR BURDENS IN MINORITY COMMUNITIES OF Pesticide Exposure, Air Pollution, Toxic Releases, And Hazardous Waste Sites WERE FOUND IN 87% OF THE STUDIES.
If you are person of color, you are likely to be at risk from environmental hazards.
LET’S BE CLEAR ABOUT THE COMMUNITY CONCERNS
THIS IS NOT “JUST ANOTHER” NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) ISSUE. The community accepts that they will have to bear the impact of needed sewage improvements.
T The proposed sewage plant (RTF) is Not acceptable In Anybody’s Backyard. Underground storage and sewer separation is a better solution. The community must have an active and effective role in deciding what will be built.