To Address Environmental Racism, We Must Protect The Right To Vote

While we are unable to give the 50th anniversary of Earth Day a proper celebration this year, the very best thing we can do for our planet is to protect our elections, writes LCVEF Voting Rights Program Director Justin Kwasa.

“50 years after the first Earth Day, the common refrain ‘we only have one planet’ continues to ring hollow for far too many communities of color who experience a planet burdened by environmental racism. And amid a global health crisis, we face the grim reality that these same communities are being hit the hardest, and for related reasons. While the sources of these injustices are wide-ranging — institutional and systemic racism embedded into housing, healthcare, economic systems —a solution remains: protect the vote.”

Read Justin’s full op-ed in Blavity »