Week 2 Readings Jordan Anderson • Environmental Justice is a civil rights/human rights movement focusing on empowering typically poor colored peoples by improving their standard of living and the environment they live in. • There is a link between poverty and pollution. Industrial, municipal and commercial operations are often in poverty stricken areas, and the pollution they give off is an externality the community suffers from. • Resource exploitation in Third World countries occurs because the U.S. and other industrial societies cannot control consumption levels and need to take resources of other peoples/lands. • Often Industrial societies do not accept that native people can effectively manage their natural resources and therefore are left out of decision making Examples: • Mining Codes vs. Native Land Rights in Philippines: Pollution from Gold and Copper mining spilled an estimate 4 million tons of mine tailings. Within 5 days a 40-mile stretch of the Boac River was declared biologically dead. • Mining company refuses to take responsibility and pulled out in 2001, leaving a
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