environmental movement

'it was an awakening, showing the country that race and class play a part in who has to live near toxic waste.’

‘They chose us because we were rural and poor’: when environmental racism and climate change collide

The Warren, North Carolina, protests of 1982 are considered one of the earliest examples of the environmental justice movement. A manufacturer of electrical transformers dumped tons of cancer-causing PCB waste along 240 miles of North Carolina’s highways. When it came time for the clean up, the North Carolina government chose Warren – a small, predominantly African American town – for the toxic waste facility.

Scroll to Top