The Principles of Environmental Justice (EJ)

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      Came across these recently! Has anyone else seen these 17 principles before?

      1) Environmental Justice affirms the sacredness of
      Mother Earth, ecological unity and the interdependence of
      all species, and the right to be free from ecological

      2) Environmental Justice demands that public policy be
      based on mutual respect and justice for all peoples, free
      from any form of discrimination or bias.

      3) Environmental Justice mandates the right to ethical,
      balanced and responsible uses of land and renewable
      resources in the interest of a sustainable planet for humans
      and other living things.

      4) Environmental Justice calls for universal protection
      from nuclear testing, extraction, production and disposal
      of toxic/hazardous wastes and poisons and nuclear testing
      that threaten the fundamental right to clean air, land,
      water, and food.

      5) Environmental Justice affirms the fundamental right
      to political, economic, cultural and environmental self-determination of all peoples.

      6) Environmental Justice demands the cessation of the
      production of all toxins, hazardous wastes, and radioactive
      materials, and that all past and current producers be held
      strictly accountable to the people for detoxification and
      the containment at the point of production.

      7) Environmental Justice demands the right to
      participate as equal partners at every level of decisionmaking, including needs assessment, planning, implementation, enforcement and evaluation.

      8) Environmental Justice affirms the right of all workers
      to a safe and healthy work environment without being
      forced to choose between an unsafe livelihood and
      unemployment. It also affirms the right of those who work
      at home to be free from environmental hazards.

      9) Environmental Justice protects the right of victims of
      environmental injustice to receive full compensation and
      reparations for damages as well as quality health care.

      10) Environmental Justice considers governmental acts
      of environmental injustice a violation of international law,
      the Universal Declaration On Human Rights, and the
      United Nations Convention on Genocide.

      11) Environmental Justice must recognize a special legal
      and natural relationship of Native Peoples to the U.S.
      government through treaties, agreements, compacts, and

      covenants affirming sovereignty and self-determination.
      12) Environmental Justice affirms the need for urban
      and rural ecological policies to clean up and rebuild our
      cities and rural areas in balance with nature, honoring the
      cultural integrity of all our communities, and provided fair
      access for all to the full range of resources.

      13) Environmental Justice calls for the strict
      enforcement of principles of informed consent, and a halt
      to the testing of experimental reproductive and medical
      procedures and vaccinations on people of color.

      14) Environmental Justice opposes the destructive
      operations of multi-national corporations.

      15) Environmental Justice opposes military occupation,
      repression and exploitation of lands, peoples and cultures,
      and other life forms.

      16) Environmental Justice calls for the education of
      present and future generations which emphasizes social
      and environmental issues, based on our experience and an
      appreciation of our diverse cultural perspectives.

      17) Environmental Justice requires that we, as
      individuals, make personal and consumer choices to
      consume as little of Mother Earth’s resources and to
      produce as little waste as possible; and make the
      conscious decision to challenge and reprioritize our
      lifestyles to ensure the health of the natural world for
      present and future generations.

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