Climate Change and Environmental Health Equity
Environmental health equity and climate justice are concepts that acknowledge the unequal burden of environmentally-attributed negative health and social outcomes disproportionately impacting poorer people and vulnerable populations.
SHLI continues efforts in informing policy and advocacy through a health equity lens. We advocate for the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
This program recognizes that the environmental community has not always been inclusive or worked in ways that prioritized the health and well-being of communities of color and marginalized populations. SHLI is working to expand our work by partnering with and empowering vulnerable communities, who have borne the brunt of our nation’s pollution and climate impacts.
Our aim is to contribute to developing actionable solutions for the climate crisis, among additional environmental factors, that are continuing to cause undue burdens on these already vastly challenged populations.