Presentation on theme: "Pollution & Poverty Research Low income families are twice as likely to live near to polluting sites than more affluent communities 66% of carcinogenic."— Presentation transcript:
Pollution & Poverty Research Low income families are twice as likely to live near to polluting sites than more affluent communities 66% of carcinogenic emissions are released in the most deprived neighbourhoods
Teesside Project Gtown and Dtown are amongst the most deprived 10% of all wards in the Gov index of multiple deprivation – with high levels of disadvantage across all measures. Deprivation Index: Grangetown 9 Lowest 8414 Highest 1 Local Authority rep …..depressing inevitability prevails and social alienation or apathy ensue. Death rates on Teesside are 13% than the England average.
Teesside Project Housing is within short distance of the perimeter fence Wilton site houses some 11 companies and 22 different chemical process operations Whilst we are aware of the health problems associated with poor diet and smoking many chemical emissions remain untested…
Teesside project Uncertainty Risk Stigma
Teesside Project -lack of credibility - high levels of social & economic deprivation were priorities - the language and culture of environmentalism -environmental regulations -jobs v environment -Company PR
Manchester – Longsight Transport project Poorest communities are worst affected by traffic problems – lowest level of car ownership Community led research highlighted the relationship between transport and social and economic conditions Community research influencing local transport policy
Environmental Injustice Environmental injustice is socially constructed & raises issues of wider inequalities of power, authority & discrimination. Environmental Justice in the USA
Barriers & Bridges Unequal distribution of environmental bads exist where other inequalities occur Higher income areas - few environmental problems, more environmental goods - political capacity & access to legal advice.
Community engagement Community Development Capacity Building