Noticing the disparate impact of air pollution, water pollution, and waste on communities of color, The Environmental Justice Movement was born in the late 1980s. The movement’s leaders started a shout for change out of a desire to protect and conserve Black bodies: past, present, and future and initiated a demonstration that has persisted through the generations.
The movement has expanded, shifting over the years as younger (intersectional) BIPOC environmental advocates have joined the fight. And as environmental degradation has escalated through both biodiversity loss as well as adverse health impacts in many low-income and BIPOC communities, advocates new and seasoned have taken to the streets and fought to form their own destinies.  
Our future is bright. The fight for environmental justice is being won. The path to a prosperous and just future has been paved with good, hard work. As we continue to fight against environmental racism, we are reminded that we are not only fighting for policy change, we are fighting to reclaim our sacred and life-giving connection to the Earth - one that helped our ancestors resist and one that will help us thrive for generations to come.
Read “Rooted (In)Justice/To Our Mother”, a Radicle magazine story that reflects on the Principles of Environmental Justice with poetry by Fiona Rae Brown, reflections by Nia McAllister, and illustrations by Soleil Summer.
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