Effects of Environmental Racism on Human Health

Mariah Bowman Ball State University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Barb Stedman Ball State University
The world is currently experiencing the effects of climate change, but not everyone has equal access to the same degree of protection from environmental hazards and have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work. This leads us into environmental racism. Communities of color, which are often poor, are routinely targeted to host facilities that have negative environmental impacts. A case study of The Bronx, New York found that the communities who lived close to toxic industrial facilities and waste sites were 66 percent more likely to be hospitalized for asthma. Although these communities are on the front lines of environmental disaster, they have historically been left our of conversations and decision making around the very environmental issues that are directly affecting their lives. Facing environmental racism and injustice will define human relationship with the environmental and will allow communities to distribute available resources fairly. It is our job to learn and discuss ways small grassroots organizations taking on environmental injustice can help these suffering communities.
Sustainability, Urban Ecology & Environmental Studies
Oral Presentation

When & Where

11:00 AM
Pharmacy & Health Sciences 212