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WEEK 2 THEME: AIR & ENERGY

"I will put breath in you, and you will come to life." —Ezekiel 37:6 

DAY 9: DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT OF AIR POLLUTION ON BIPOC AND LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES 

   — LEARN —   

A 2018 Environmental Protection Agency study concluded that people of color and low-income communities are much more likely to breathe polluted air and to live near sites that emit large amounts of fine particulate matter (PM 2.5). This type of pollution is the byproduct created when fossil fuels are burned and is responsible for more than 100,000 deaths each year from heart attacks, strokes, lung cancer, and other diseases. BIPOC communities bear a disproportionate health burden due to PM 2.5 exposure.

Getting Started:

Going Deeper:

 
   — PRAY —   

A Prayer for our Earth | Pope Francis' Laudato Si'

   — ACT —   

Tell your Congressional representatives to enact infrastructure and energy legislation that will promote climate, economic, gender and racial justice to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy and commit to net-zero climate pollution in electricity by 2035 and economy-wide by 2050.

For background information, go to Ecumenical Advocacy Days and find your Congressional Representatives' contact infomation here.

   — ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE VOCABULARY —   

Disproportionate Impact: Refers to communities of low income and/or color and in the presence of high-risk environmental hazards. Those communities in the presence of environmental and human health hazards are more at risk of developing chronic health problems or experiencing environmental racism due to their surroundings than other parts of the country.

Environmental Protection Agency
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