Environmental justice is the belief that everyone, regardless of race or income, has the right to live, work, play, pray, and go to school in a clean and healthy environment.
Environmental racism is placement of low-income or minority communities in proximity of environmentally hazardous or degraded environments, such as toxic waste, pollution, and urban decay.
- Principles of Environmental Justice – developed at the historic 1991 People of Color Environmental Justice Leadership Summit, Washington, DC.
- Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing – developed at the 1996 Working Group Meeting on Globalization and Trade hosted by the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice, Jemez, New Mexico.
- Bali Principles of Climate Justice – developed at the 2002 Earth Summit, Bali, Indonesia.
- Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth – developed at the 2010 World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, Cochabamba, Bolivia.
- Coming Clean Collaborative Guiding Principles