Earth Day.

Today is Earth Day – an annual event started by grassroots organizers in 1970 in the US and Canada but is now celebrating in many cities and countries all around the world. There are so many different things happening today, including the fact that the Paris climate deal is being officially signed by 170 nations. 

But it seems like now more than ever, Earth Day and year round environmental justice needs to happen because there are still so many threats to the environment. Scientists now say that 93% of the Great Barrier Reef is now bleached; National Geographic has had to make major changes to its atlas because of the shrinking ice caps in the Arctic; many politicians in the US, including presidential candidates, are avid climate change deniers despite the overwhelming scientific evidence. And those are just some of the issues currently at play.

Environmental justice has a lot to do with protecting and conserving the environment and wildlife all over the world but there are plenty of ways in which environmental justice also fights for some of the world’s most marginalized people. Environmental racism impacts low income and people of color in so many different ways both in the US (like Flint, Michigan) and around the world. A UN report found that climate change will deepen poverty and hunger and it impacts the world’s poor more than previously thought.

Here are some things to read about various environmental justice issues:

My own pieces:

Other days include: