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The Push for Environmental Justice Essay

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Every movement has its pros and its cons, and environmental justice is no different. The term "environmental justice" emerged in the 1980's, but the movement started as early as the 1970's. Of course, the want for environmental justice has always been there. All throughout history justice has been sought after, and environmental justice is just half of it. Politics and the economy are extreme factors to where and whom environmental injustice effect. Developing countries, such as Egypt, are extremely high in environmental injustice, due to the extreme poverty. The reasons people create and oppose environmental injustice are understandable, yet debatable for both sides. Some feel environmental injustice is growing so prominent that they…show more content…
Places of poverty, such as the Al-Kheima district of Cairo, Egypt, are bustling with the growth of major corporations spewing harmful chemicals throughout the district and infecting many with ailment. It was said by Frederick Douglass that, "Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe." This statement speaks for the justice portion of environmental injustice and is a common thought of all environmental activists. Knowing the benefits and ailments many have gone further into creating environmental justice. To prevent environmental injustice, and to receive justice for all, many activists and government officials around the globe have made actions to stop environmental injustice. After residents located near the Love Canal toxic waste dump in Niagara Falls, New York, were notified of eighty-eight harmful chemicals migrated near them, they ordered the state relocate them. After the state's government refused the community members held protests for an evacuation, eventually leading to President Jimmy Carter relocating the community. The infamous "Love Canal" incident led to the Superfund Act in 1980. This law created a tax on the chemical and petroleum industries and provided broad
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