Burger, Johanna, Michael Greenberg and Karen Lowrie, editors. July 9, 2020. Environmental Justice and Social Injustice: Ethnic, Racial, Economic and Other Marginalized People and Communities. Risk Analysis Journal. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/toc/10.1111/(ISSN)1539-6924.environmental-justice-social-injustice
This virtual issue provides a compendium of papers from the 1980’s through the present that examine some of the risks and disadvantages that people and communities experience as a result of environmental injustices. Environmental injustice is one form of social injustice that refers to the disproportionate exposure of some individuals and groups to environmental hazards such as pollutants, industrial sites, and waste sites, without receiving the benefits deriving from the sites. The recent Covid-19 pandemic, the rise in police violence, and the recognition of our nation’s history of racial discrimination and violence, highlight the importance of addressing not only environmental justice, but the inequities of our societal norms.