“We do not want to go back to normal. That is not the way it should go. We need a different system. One that takes into account race equity and gender equity.”
The skies over Los Angeles may be bluer thanks to the COVID-19 slow-down, but the impact of environmental racism on low income people of color persists. According to a recent Harvard study, where people have been exposed to even slightly higher levels of air pollution the COVID-19 death rate is significantly higher. Nevertheless, the EPA has rolled back its enforcement of pollution regulations.
In this episode, Laura speaks with grassroots environmental organizers Cindy Donis and Laura Cortez from East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice. They’re on the front line of the struggle to organize their communities in the face of polluting industries and now COVID-19.
Music in the Middle: “Conviction” by David Florio, from his album Italy Is a Strange Place, courtesy of Irma Records.
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Source URL — https://roarmag.org/2020/06/01/the-laura-flanders-show-environmental-injustice-during-the-pandemic/