Environmental Justice

How do you think exposure to pollution is related to income and race? In other words, are people exposed to different amounts of pollution because of who they are or how much money they make?

17 Responses

  1. alec says:

    Income lets people create more businesses to take down more trees and add more pollution in the air. And income and race the amount of income someone has can depend on their race and the amount of money they have can also determine how much pollution they are exposed to.

  2. neal says:

    Some people don’t have a choice and are stock with a factory or something that is going to pollute the ecosystem. But pay people that need work to survive and feed their family

  3. Josh says:

    Low income families generally have more exposure to pollution, ad higher income families tent to not be exposed to as much pollution.

  4. Caden says:

    I do not know much but I do not think race plays a part in exposure to pollution. Your financial situation such as income or money saved is definitely a part of exposure to pollution since for example if you had to live near a polluting plant (power station and so on) since it was the only thing you could afford.

  5. Kyleisha says:

    Exposure to pollution is related to income and race because in areas of lower income African American communities cannot afford the good technology to produce quality air. As for higher income communities they can afford better equipment to assure their air is clean, but also some higher income communities that have a big population like California produces so much bad quality air even if they have money.

  6. Ally says:

    I think it’s important to remember that just because it may not happen to you or affect you directly it still exists. This can be seen in racial disparities when it comes to government participation. In low income areas where a lot of minorities live there can be health standards that aren’t up to code like water cleanliness but the government isn’t as fast to help these areas. I don’t think this problem would be as common in areas like Beverly Hills and other rich, predominantly white suburbs.

  7. Frank says:

    I think in the low-income areas there is more pollution because of the number of different jobs they have there and in different areas of higher income the number of factory jobs goes down. I would also think pollution wouldn’t be number one on there mind it would be trying to feed their family.

  8. Olivia says:

    Where people live is impacted by their wealth and race, and usually sites of major pollution are not near wealthy people. This is probably because they have the time and resources to prevent or remove such pollutants. People who are living paycheck to paycheck will likely not have the time to lobby the local government or businesses to help fix the pollution. This pollution will likely make the property value go down so people with less money will probably be the ones buy the property. People who can afford to can also remove themselves from areas of major pollution and those who can’t afford to have to stay and live with the pollution.

  9. Raegan says:

    I believe that, generally, that those of lower-income are more likely to be exposed to pollution. This is likely because those of higher-income can afford homes in better, safer areas, while people of lower-income cannot, and have to buy cheaper options which often come with risks. Often, people of color make less than their white counterparts, meaning they are of lower income than them, making their housing options limited to cheaper, and often more dangerous areas. This likely means that people of color are more likely to be exposed to air pollution more often than white people.

  10. Carlito says:

    I think that exposure to pollution is more towards people in poverty. Or like just towards the more poorly towns maybe. Because I’ve seen a couple movies where the government or higher up people don’t really care if it’s happening to a certain area. Like if it’s an area that they think don’t matter as much. But I’m not really sure if people are exposed to different amounts of pollution because of who they are. But on how much money they make, maybe it does matter if it’s like a richer community rather than you know. Povertized area.

  11. matthew says:

    I don’t think race would have anything to do with exposure to pollution but income probably does. A person’s income doesn’t determine if they are exposed to a lot of pollution but it can determine if a person can prevent or get rid of it. If a person has a large income they can move to an area with less pollution or buy something to reduce the amount of pollution.

  12. marchello says:

    I think that it can be an issue of priority and who is viewed as important and often those who do not have very much are not well taken care of and put into harsh conditions as well as people of color who many times end up being put in that category and left uncared for ultimately.

  13. cyrus says:

    In certain areas yeah there is a correlation. Like in the flint assignment we have a majority black community and it also happened to poverty struck. And I think if the same situation happened in a white population that wasn’t in poverty then the problem would have been fixed immediately or never had even happened.

  14. Glenn says:

    i guess it also depends on what state they live in or country they live in for example china they have a major pollution problem because of the coal they use and how big there population is. Here in U.S. I guess that it depends on if you have suitable income

  15. hailey says:

    I think many racial/ethnic groups in low income areas tend to live near places that cause pollution like factories. But I also think it depends on where they live in an area. Poverty can put people in many different places. Although many people in Flint were affected by the water crisis, some can afford to get fresh water while others can’t leaving them exposed for a while.

  16. Maddox says:

    How do I think exposure to pollution is related to income and race is in less economically successful towns people may not be able to afford healthcare. People who usually richer tend to be away from these areas.

  17. Gaven says:

    It doesn’t make sense, but yes some people are exposed to pollution because of who they are and how much money they make. Because a lot of governments don’t care what’s happening with people of color and they want to keep people that have a lot of money safe so they can continue to get their money.

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