Environmental justice (EJ) is "the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies." In the words of Bunyan Bryant, "Environmental justice is served when people can realize their highest potential."Environmental justice emerged as a concept in the United States in the early 1980s; its proponents generally view the environment as encompassing "where we live, work, and play" (sometimes "pray" and "learn" are also included) and seek to redress inequitable distributions of environmental burdens (pollution, industrial facilities, crime, etc.). Root causes of environmental injustices include "institutionalized racism; the co-modification of land, water, energy and air; unresponsive, unaccountable government policies and regulation; and lack of resources and power in affected communities."DefinitionThe United States Environmental Protection Agency defines EJ as follows:"Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. EPA has this goal for all communities and persons across this Nation. It will be achieved when everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work."The United States Department of Transportation defines three fundamental EJ principles for the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration as follows: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Environmental-justice/103739396332126
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I am a Former Federal Park Ranger & recently former Federal Police Officer - Environmental Laws are being broken daily but the lense never lies, people do. The only way to pressure our leaders is with the truth they can not hide from. If our leaders & government agencies will not do their sworn duty at least we can document it for all time. A single picture tells a thousand words. - Randy L. Dixon Rivera (Federal Whistle Blower & survivor).