DAY 12: FENCELINE COMMUNITIES & AIR POLLUTION | FOCUS ON PORT ARTHUR, TEXAS
— LEARN —
Port Arthur, TX, exemplifies what it means to be a “fenceline community” or “sacrifice zone“ where the population lives adjacent to hazardous petrochemical and other air polluting facilities. These communities tend to be disproportionately Black, Latino, or impoverished and face elevated rates of respiratory disease, cancer, reproductive disorders, birth defects, learning disabilities, psychiatric disorders, eye problems, nosebleeds, nausea, and early death. Elevated rates of COVID-19 have also been documented. As you learn about Port Arthur, TX, think about “fenceline” communities in your county, state, or region.
— PRAY —
A Prayer for Solidarity and Common Purpose
| Rev. Bill Somplatsky-Jarman
— ACT —
Make it Local: Look at this map where you can locate the 100 industrial facilities that are to blame for more than a third of U.S. toxic air emissions. You can click on the icon to learn more about each facility.
- Do you live in a state/region with one (or more) of these (or other polluting) facilities?
- Research the community that lives adjacent to these facilities and local initiatives to address environmental injustice. How you can accompany and act in solidarity with this work and the local community?
- How can your parish, school, or religious community commit to be “in community” with people residing in “sacrifice zones”?