Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island

Nonprofit Organization

Building power in the communities most impacted by environmental burdens, developing leaders to take action to promote safe, healthy environments for all!


What is Environmental Justice?
Environmental Justice (EJ) combines civil and human rights issues with environmental issues.
Environment means the area where you live, work, or play.
Justice means being treated fairly and with respect.
Everyone deserves an environment that is safe and healthy. But we don’t share environmental benefits or burdens equally. Communities of color and those with lower incomes deal with a greater share of environmental hazards than other communities and don’t enjoy the same environmental benefits. No group of people or neighborhood should shoulder a greater environmental burden than any other. When every community stands up and says ‘no’ to being a dumping ground, then real solutions to environmental problems can happen.