Where you live affects how much pollution you experience every day.
In New England, those of us who live in low income and communities of color are most likely to be in the shadows of a dirty power plant or next to a busy polluting highway. At the same time, we’re least likely to have easy access to a local park, reliable clean water, affordable transportation options, or fresh healthy food.
Compounding these challenges is a lack of economic, legal, or political clout to hold polluters accountable or fight back against the next big company that wants to build a polluting facility in our neighborhoods.
These issues aren’t limited to our urban areas. Our rural communities face many of the same challenges, bearing a disproportionate burden of environmental stresses, from older houses and apartments that still bear traces of lead paint, to few inexpensive transportation options for those of us who can’t afford a car.
Fighting for Environmental Justice for All
Environmental justice is a thread that runs through everything that CLF does, whether we’re working to prevent lead poisoning in New Hampshire, address rising sea levels in Rhode Island, or stopping a polluting power plant in Springfield. In close collaboration with local groups and residents in communities plagued by environmental justice issues, CLF is working to reduce the environmental hazards that threaten our public health and well-being across the region.