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Earth Day: Water in our World: Environmental justice + the South Bronx

What is environmental justice?

"Championed primarily by African-Americans, Latinos, Asians and Pacific Islanders and Native Americans, the environmental justice movement addresses a statistical fact: people who live, work and play in America's most polluted environments are commonly people of color and the poor. Environmental justice advocates have shown that this is no accident.

"Communities of color, which are often poor, are routinely targeted to host facilities that have negative environmental impacts -- say, a landfill, dirty industrial plant or truck depot. The statistics provide clear evidence of what the movement rightly calls "environmental racism." Communities of color have been battling this injustice for decades. "

- the Natural Resources Defense Council

Read more of this essay on environmental justice.

Bronx River Alliance

 Bronx River Alliance is a local non-profit group whose mission is "to serve as a coordinated voice for the river and work in harmonious partnership to protect, improve and restore the Bronx River corridor and greenway so that they can be healthy ecological, recreational, educational and economic resources for the communities through which the river flows."

Sustainable South Bronx

Sustainable South BronxSustainable South Bronx is a local non-profit organization.  They explain what they do :""to address economic and environmental issues in the South Bronx--and throughout New York City--through a combination of green job training, community greening programs, and social enterprise."  

Find out more about how you can get involved at their website

Sample research articles

A sample of the kinds of reports you can find on environmental issues in the South Bronx:

Asthma and air pollution in the Bronx: Methodological and data considerations in using GIS for environmental justice and health research

This article was written by a professor at Lehman College (CUNY), and was part of a special issue on environmental justice, population health, critical theory, and GIS, by the journal Health & Place, vol. 13, issue 1, March 2007. Pages 32-56

Air Quality in New York City

This document is from the NYC Dept. of Health.

Direct observation of neighborhood stressors and environmental justice in the South Bronx, New York City

This article is from the journal Population and Environment.

Personal Exposures to Traffic-Related Air Pollution and Acute Respiratory Health among Bronx Schoolchildren with Asthma

This article is from the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, which is published by the National Institutes of Health.

Where can I find more research articles?

For more research reports, you can go to the Hostos library website and:

* search databases like Academic Search CompleteGoogle Scholar, CINAHL (for health issues)

* or use the library's website to search all of our books, ebooks, and articles across multiple databases with OneSearch

* if you know the name of a specific journal, you can see whether we subscribe to it and look up its back issues by using our e-journal finder.

Outside of the library, some other sources of information about environmental justice:

NYC Environmental Justice Alliance


The New York City Environmental Justice Alliance unites activist groups from throughout the city. Learn more about their campaigns.

Other campaigns

Read about the campaign concerning the Sheridan Expressway in Hunts Point.

Watch the short film by Streetfilms "Building Greenways and Community in the Bronx":