Response to “Environmental Justice”

I really enjoyed homosapienswalkingwonders analysis of Wright’s interview.  I agree that one of the main themes of her interview was the connection between environmental problems and the effect they have on the poor. While reading the article, it struck me, as it did homosapien, how often the poor seems to be pushed aside after environmental issues come up. We always here so much about how such problems will affect the economy, like with the BP oil spill. I don’t remember hearing anything about the affects it had on the people that lived around that or based their living off something involving the ocean. The poor don’t have the means to help themselves after disasters, but how are we supposed to know they need help if no one’s talking about it?! I would like to see more publicity on the people and how to reach them instead of tracing everything back to “me, myself, and I.”

I’d like to comment on a question homosapien brought up: he/she asked “How can government leaders and other people who know about this situation stand by and let these people continue to live in an environment that is detrimental to their health?” This reminded me of something I learned in my American Politics class. MY professor was talking about how our government does what the people demand. Once a demand has been responded to, they move on to the next one. They will always give what is being loudly demanded, even if it contradicts what the last group wanted. The back and forth could continue as long as some one is making a stink. How this relates? There probably aren’t enough people making a stink or demanding assistance to the poor or those affected by environmental disasters that can’t help themselves. I’ve learned that people love focusing on themselves, and today’s society seems to encourage people to be off in their own world. Chances are, they are more concerned about how the economy will be affected and how the problem will or will not directly affect them instead of some one less fortunate that they’ll probably never meet. So, the government knows these people exist, but the people of the U.S. aren’t demanding action and assistance. I believe it’s a true call to action for those less fortunate to start demanding assistance and their rights, and to team up with those who are willing to help them and might have better means to do so.

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