Environmental Justice

Colorlines screenshot of World Meteorological Organization report, taken on March 22, 2017.

REPORT: '2016 Was the Warmest Year on Record' and More

The World Meteorological Organization's annual report had a clear—and sobering—message.  

School buses carry children across the vast Navajo Nation south of Rock Point December 5, 2002, on the Navajo Indian Reservation, Arizona.

Navajo Nation Slams Mining Company for Contaminated Water Disposal

“This is another prime example of environmental racism,” said Leona Morgan of Haul No!, an indigenous-led initiative.

President Donald Trump looks on during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the White House on March 17, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Trump Policies Hamper U.S. Ability to Meet Paris Climate Goals

A transition away from fossil fuels could boost the world economy by $19 trillion.

Protesters march during a demonstration against the Dakota Access Pipeline on March 10, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Water Protector Denies Claims That DAPL Workers Have Been Threatened

“They haven’t been attacked,” says Joye Braun of the Indigenous Environmental Network. “We have.”

 Nanette Barragán, top left. Ritchie Torres, bottom left. Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, right.

Meet "The Fixers" in Grist's Annual List of Environmental Leaders

In the second edition of the Grist 50, nearly half of its honorees are people of color.

Executive Director of League of United Latin American Citizens Brent Wilkes (C) speaks during a news conference on an immigration reform bill in Capitol Hill May 22, 2007.

Repeal of Environmental Regulations Will Impact Latinx Health

Communities who live near fracking sites need regulations on methane emitters, argues a leading national voice for Latinx organizations. 

Protesters march during a demonstration against the Dakota Access Pipeline on March 10, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Oil Scheduled To Start Flowing Through DAPL This Week

The pipeline will be able to carry the substance from North Dakota to Illinois.

A stop sign stands outside the Environmental Protection Agency building on May 24, 2013, in Washington, DC.

EPA Gives $100M Grant to Flint So It Can Fix Its Water Infrastructure

Yet critics doubt the money can save the city from the president's proposed cuts to the agency.

The Depart Foundation hosts Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II for the first public conversation in Los Angeles about the Dakota Access Pipeline on December 15, 2016, in Los Angeles, California.

Standing Rock Chairman Speaks Out Against Pro-DAPL Rumors

Some have accused Chairman Dave Archambault II of selling out in the fight against the pipeline.

A sign displayed in a front yard request that residents keep fro playing in the dirt or mulch at the West Calumet Housing Complex on September 4, 2016, in East Chicago, Indiana.

A Water Crisis Like Flint's Is Unfolding In East Chicago

The soil and water of this predominantly Black and Latinx city contain dangerous levels of lead.

Eva Cardenas stands before a tipi that reads, "Water is life," at the National Mall on March 10, 2017.

Why This Xicana, Indigenous Activist Helped Organize the Native Nations Rise March

Eva Cardenas has spent much of her organizing life protecting migrant rights. Now, she’s bringing that passion into Indigenous battles.

Defense Secretary James Mattis attends a joint briefing with his South Korean counterpart Han Min-Koo at the headquarters of the Defense Ministry on February 3, 2017, in Seoul, South Korea.

Defense Secretary: 'Climate Change Can Be a Driver of Instability'

James Mattis says climate change poses a national security risk—in sharp contrast to the administration's general stance on the issue.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on Capitol Hill January 18, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Climate Scientists to EPA Head: 'We Face Grave Risks' from Climate Change

Thirty experts responded to Scott Pruitt's assertion that carbon dioxide is not a primary contributor to climate change.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin at the State Department, on March 7, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Rex Tillerson Allegedly Used 'Wayne Tracker' Pseudonym While CEO of ExxonMobil

A new email controversy from the White House administration.

Maureen Grogan, 69, stands outside her solar-powered home in Uniondale, N.Y., on March 4, 2017. She's one of many residents in the town who have decided that to go renewable.

What It Means That This Community of Color Is Going Solar

In four years, Uniondale, NY has embraced a technology often seen as a luxury for affluent White neighborhoods. 

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on Capitol Hill January 18, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

EPA Head Says CO2 Isn't Primary Contributor to Climate Change

However, 97 percent of climate scientists agree it is.

 Mustafa Ali, former EPA environmental justice official, speaks on human rights and the environment during an event by the Wilson Center on June 22, 2016.

Senior EPA Environmental Justice Official Leaves Agency, Joins Hip Hop Caucus

Mustafa Ali has been with the agency for 24 years. 

Colorlines screenshot of video, taken on March 9, 2017.

WATCH: A Sneak Peek of What to Expect at the Native Nations Rise March in DC

The march is demanding that the White House stop ignoring Indigenous voices.

Harold Frazier, chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, leaves the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on February 28, 2017, in Washington, D.C., for an earlier hearing on the court case.

Judge Denies Tribal Request to Halt DAPL on Religious Claims

The developer says oil may start flowing in the pipeline as soon as March 13.

An aerial view of sandstone formations May 2, 2012, in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. This park will be impacted by the repeal of the Bureau of Land Management rule, which oversees all U.S. public lands, including national parks and tribal lands.

Senate Moves to Repeal Another Obama-Era Environmental Regulation

The latest relates to land use planning.