For R.I.’s Disenfranchised Populations, Their Next-Door Neighbor is Often Pollution

Miguel Sanchez’s response to the question was less an answer and more of an example. When asked what does environmental justice mean to him, the Olneyville resident spoke about the 2020 dumping of contaminated material in his Providence neighborhood, where 75% of the residents are people of color.

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Snarl of Issues Creates Environmental Injustice

For many people, the environment’s dwindling bounty and access to it is a natural part of life. It provides relaxation, energy savings, beauty, a sense of belonging, and profit. For others, however, their environment is a source of threat, risk, and health woes.

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Ocean State Confronts Environmental Justice Along Its Coast

Rhode Island has hundreds of public shoreline access points, but for many people getting to them is a challenge.

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