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A Guide to Intersectional Environmentalism

BY Lynn Brown and Sam Laird  
Illustration
Jacky Sheridan

Apr 23rd 2021

In the US, Black moms in poor neighborhoods tend to have dirtier air and water than wealthy white men. This is because various forms of privilege intersect: It’s not just systemic racism or only socioeconomic disadvantage that makes those moms so susceptible to the impacts of pollution and climate change, but the one-two punch of both.

Knowing how environmental issues affect different groups of marginalized people in unique and often overlapping ways can help us build a more sustainable and equitable world. Fortunately, many organizations and individuals are already hard at work with intersectionality at the heart of their fight for environmental justice.

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