Environmental Justice

Environmental justice work improves environmental conditions for women and their families where they live, work, learn, worship and play.

Environmental justice efforts may include:

  • Encouraging active community participation in environmental decision-making by women and girls and promote policies that are shaped by and responsive to women’s needs
  • Elevating the voices and roles of women and girl in efforts to mobilize support for chemical policy reform that will motivate industry and government investment in the design and use of chemicals that are less toxic, do not accumulate in the body and break down more readily in environments
  • Strengthening linkages between environmental health and justice and other social justice movements—particularly women’s reproductive health—to engage new allies as advocates for environmental reform

Environmental health and justice teams have worked on policy projects for issues such as chemicals in cosmetics, chemicals in children’s products, lead poisoning prevention, air quality regulations and the California Environmental Protection Agency’s implementation of environmental justice principles.