Will the new green economy be segregated?

April 7, 2008

By Amy Lee, ACE Intern

In the greening of the new economy, society is becoming more aware of sustainability and global warming issues. But how will this affect lower-income communities of color? As Jeanne Guana, co-director of the Southwest Organizing Project puts it, "The environment, for us, is defined as where we live, work and play." Will our neighborhoods receive the benefits of this new economy or be excluded from it?

Environmental justice places the green movement into a social justice framework. We are advocating for green jobs that will employ people in our communities, and for new industries that do not dump on working class neighborhoods. Robbie Rodriguez writes in Going Green that we have to hold our leaders accountable to ensure that this emerging economy does not leave the most vulnerable communities behind.