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What is Environmental Racism?

Middle, Secondary

Description

This video presents an introduction to the term of environmental racism focusing on the policies and practices that discriminate against communities of colour.  The information is presented in easy-to-understand language with concrete examples of environmental racism that have occurred in Flint and Detroit Michigan. 

General Assessment

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This video provides an easy to understand introduction to the concept of environmental racism.The content is well suited to the middle school classroom in a variety of subject areas including, but not limited to Science, Social Studies, Geography and Health. 

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Themes Addressed

Air, Atmosphere & Climate (1)

  • Air Pollution

Economics (2)

  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Poverty Reduction

Human Health & Environment (2)

  • Environmental Contaminants & Health Hazards
  • Quality of Life

Human Rights (3)

  • Environmental Racism/Justice
  • Poverty
  • Social Justice