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Structural Racism and Urban Planning

What is Environmental Racism?

According to the World Economic Forum, it  is a  form of systemic racism whereby communities of colour are disproportionately burdened with health hazards through policies and practices that force them to live in proximity to sources of toxic waste such as sewage works, mines, landfills, power stations, major roads and emitters of airborne particulate matter. As a result, these communities suffer greater rates of health problems attendant on hazardous pollutants.

Race is the most significant predictor of a person living near contaminated air, water, or soilSource: Tracey Loeffelholz Dunn, The Nation. Shutterstock images from Lorelyn Medina, Agusto Cabral

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