By accepting responsibility, we take effective steps toward our goal: an inclusive human society on a habitable planet, a society that works for all humans and for all nonhumans. By accepting responsibility, we move closer to creating a world that works for all.Sharif Abdullah Keynote Speaker at the 2016 Just Sustainability Conference, Seattle University
We define environmental justice (EJ) as the empowerment of people to advocate for the health of natural and built environments and for the equitable distribution of environmental benefits and burdens throughout all communities.
The “environment” is not some distant place we seek to protect, but incorporates the places where we live, work, play, pray and learn. Environmental justice advocates link social and environmental concerns, thereby seeking “to challenge the abuse of power which results in poor people having to suffer the effects of environmental damage caused by the greed of others,” as stated by the South African Environmental Justice Networking Forum.