Environmental justice is not a single-issue movement – it is impossible for it to be, due to the multiple environmental, social, racial and economic, climate and health issues faced by and in the Black community. This lies at the core of the National Black Environmental Justice Network’s (NBEJN) platform, which was announced recently. Our platform represents the depth and complexities of the work that our community organisations and members are engaged in.
NBEJN stands strong on the Principles of Environmental Justice that strengthen coalitions, alliances and collaborations, and the commitment to fight on multiple fronts to eradicate underlying conditions that create and perpetuate disparities and vulnerability and to dismantle systemic racism. Our work focuses on seven issue areas: environmental justice, climate justice, economic justice, education justice, racial and social justice, health justice and international solidarity.
‘Environmental Justice affirms the fundamental right to political, economic, cultural and environmental self-determination of all peoples’, reads the fifth principle of environmental justice.
In order to do this work, NBEJN must be…