Eco Justice For All

If the Environmental Protection Agency’s definition of environmental justice is the gold standard, Rhode Island is trading in penny stocks. Only now is environmental justice being taken seriously enough at least to have bills written that define it, governmental reports that mention it, and policy enacted to address it. But moving the term further from paper to practice will take an even greater struggle.

During the past four decades, development on Aquidneck Island has seen more than 150 new homes built annually for a population that has remained mostly flat. Much of this new housing stock is second homes and McMansions, and little if any of it is affordable. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

Relentless Devouring of Green Space Gobbles Up Living World

Rhode Island’s land-use priorities need to change if environmental justice and climate-change mitigation are to be achieved.

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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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Climate Crisis Turns Up Heat On Marginalized Communities

While the climate crisis is an obvious environmental issue, it is also an economic matter that makes most everyone poorer, especially those already struggling against other environmental injustices.

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