Environmental justice and the fight for reproductive justice are inseparable. The water we drink, the air we breathe, and the food we buy has a direct affect on our ability to live healthy lives and bare and raise children in safe environments.
It’s not a mere coincidence that communities that face the biggest barriers to accessing reproductive health care — people of color, people of low-income, LGBTQ+ folks, and people in rural areas — are those that bear the brunt of environmental injustices. For decades, these communities have been the targets of environmental injustice such as industrial waste and pollution — and discrimination, racism, and stigma continue to have devastating effects on the health and safety of these communities.
What is Environmental Justice and How Does it Connect with Reproductive Justice?
Reproductive Justice is the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent children in safe and sustainable communities. Reproductive justice connects the framework of reproductive rights with the political, economic, and social inequalities that affect a person’s ability to access reproductive healthcare.
Check out our blog post on reproductive justice here for more info.
Environmental Justice ensures that all people, regardless of who they are, where they live, or how much money is in their bank account have access to healthy and clean communities. Environmental justice advocates work to address how environmental hazards, such as pollution and waste disproportionately affects people of color, people of low-income, and people who live in rural areas.
Reproductive justice and environmental justice share a common goal: To ensure every person’s rights to live in a healthy environment that supports their ability to choose if, when, how and with whom to have a child. Both movements also emphasize self determination, the freedom to make decisions about your own life and family without government interference.
Learn more about the intersectionality between reproductive justice and environmental justice from Sierra Club organizer Leah Clyburn at Pro-Choice Power Hour on August 13th, 2019 at 6 pm at rockwell beer co.