Problem

Environmental racism

Other Names:
Eco-racism
Nature:

Environmental racism is a concept that developed throughout the 1970s and 1980s in the United States. The term is used to describe environmental injustice that occurs in practice and in policy within a racialized context.

Incidence:
Examples include the siting of polluting factories (sewage treatment, smokestacks) in residential areas of particular ethnic or minority groups. It is also evident in the new political trend of eco-racism which talks of "demographic pollution" and blames immigrants for consumption of more resources, higher emissions of pollutants, and more waste.
Claim:
Right-wing and discriminatory ecological tendencies go against the spirit of ecology. The heaps of rubbish and the dying forests have more to do with our environmental behaviour than with the so-called population density.
Related Problems:
Forest cleansing
Values:
Racism
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 15: Life on Land
Date of last update
01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET