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Environmental Justice

Environmental justice (EJ) is the confluence of social and environmental movements dealing with the inequitable environmental burden born by groups such as racial minorities, women, or residents of developing nations. It is a holistic effort to analyze and overcome the power structures that have traditionally thwarted environmental reforms. Environmental justice proponents generally view the environment as encompassing where we live, work, and play (sometimes pray and learn are also included).

Executive Order 12898 of February 11, 2004 detailed federal actions to address environmental justice in minority populations and low-income populations. The order declared that all federal agencies must make achieving environmental justice part of its mission by identifying and addressing, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of its programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and low-income populations in the United States.

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