My campaign opposes the environmental racism that African Americans of the St. Louis Metropolitan area are exposed to at considerable greater risks than their Caucasian counterparts. This environmental racism contributes to stark racial disparities regarding health, economic burdens, and quality of life. These findings were published by the Washington University of St. Louis’s campus newspaper, The Source, on 9-3-19. The study was conducted by the Washington University of St. Louis School of Law’s Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic.
According to Washing University St Louis reports, “most of the city’s air pollution sources are located in neighborhoods of color, and more building demolitions — which create harmful dust that may contain asbestos and lead — occur in majority-black neighborhoods”. Construction and demolition standards of practice and bio hazard testing should be thoroughly reviewed to determine the potential environmental harm done to neighborhoods prior to any work being performed.
My campaign supports the 100% Clean Economy Act, the federal legislation introduced by a diverse group of 150 members of Congress that would put the U.S. on a path to 100% clean energy economy-wide by 2050.