When we think of racial injustices, we think of police brutality - but what about our land, air, and water? Environmental racism is widespread and but not always visible.
Clean Up Rise Up is a community-based program to clean up our neighborhoods, educate communities about the problems they face, and empower them to create change.
Environmental racism is the placement of environmental hazards in communities predominantly made up of minorities or people from low social-economic status (SES). These communities have less representation and their problems often go ignored. For example, Black children are twice as likely to suffer from lead poison as white children. This is no accident: toxins are placed in our communities as a result of a cut to the public sanitation budget, and existing funding rarely reaches low-SES communities. It is essential that we are conscious of our actions and our impact on the environment and its racial implications in order to create the change we want to see.