Environmental Justice

HOW MIGHT WE IMPROVE AIR AND WATER QUALITY FOR LOW SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS AND MARGINALIZED POPULATIONS?

Often times, low-income or minority communities reside in proximity of environmentally hazardous or degraded environments, such as toxic waste, pollution and urban decay. Some of the major issues in San Ysidro, CA pertaining to environmental justice include high amounts of border-generated air pollution and its link to respiratory disease in border communities. Elevated levels of lead have been discovered in the water of several public schools. Lead poisoning in this critical development period can impact the development of the brain and lead to behavioral disorders. Another significant environmental issue is the pollution of the Tijuana River and estuary by sewage spills across the Mexican border. This drastically affects river and ocean ecosystem, as well as causes beach closures up and down the coast.