What is the difference between environmental justice and intersectional environmentalism?
Both environmental justice and intersection environmentalism speak to making sure all people have equal access to healthy environments. From an environmental justice lens, that means people should have equal access to the decision-making process of creating environmental laws, regulations, and policies. It also means that those laws should be enforced to make sure that no community shall disproportionately be impacted by harmful environmental practices.
An intersectional environmentalism lens, however, notes the importance of recognizing how colonization, white supremacy, and racism have created institutions and practices that actively harm marginalized communities. It is by acknowledging these problems that we can then actively work to dismantle these institutions and practices to create healthy environments for all people. Intersectional environmentalism puts people first, understanding that by protecting people, we simultaneously can protect the planet.
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