Environmental Justice

What is Environmental Justice?

Environmental justice is 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. As the global environmental and political climate continues to change, it is vital that new policies and laws ensure the protection of everyone, particularly those who are most likely to be negatively impacted by such changes.

Delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held in October 1991 adopted these  Environmental Justice Principles

Seattle University and Environmental Justice

Seattle University strives to engage its community to make conscious, responsible and ethical decisions, and to promote environmental justice through:

Laudato Si’

Pope Francis expressed in his encyclical Laudato Si’ (issues in May 2015) the uncomfortable truths regarding the lack of environmental justice in the world, and challenged humankind to take responsibility for the planet and particularly to be mindful of those who are suffering most from the ecological crisis now before us. Read more.

Environmental Justice and Policymaking


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