Principals of Environmental Justice
2. Environmental Justice demands that public policy be based on mutual respect and
justice for all peoples, free from any form of discrimination or bias.
Environmental Justice mandates the right to ethical, balanced and responsible uses of
land and renewable resources in the interest of a sustainable planet for humans and other
4. Environmental Justice calls for universal protection from nuclear testing, extraction,
production and disposal
of toxic/hazardous wastes and poisons and nuclear testing that threaten the fundamental right to clean air, land, water and
5. Environmental Justice affirms the fundamental right to political, economic, cultural and
environmental self-determination of all peoples.
6. Environmental Justice demands the cessation of production of all toxins, hazardous
wastes, and radioactive materials, and that all past and current producers be held strictly accountable to the people for detoxification and the containment at the point of production.
7. Environmental Justice demands the right to participate as equal partners at every level of decision-making
including needs assessment, planning, implementation, enforcement and evaluation.
8. Environmental Justice affirms the right of all workers to a safe and healthy work environment, without being forced to choose between an unsafe livelihood
and unemployment. It also affirms the right of those who work at home to be free
from environmental hazards.
9. Environmental Justice protects the right of victims of environmental injustice to receive full compensation and reparations for damages as well as quality health care.
10. Environmental Justice considers governmental acts of environmental injustice a
violation of international law, the Universal Declaration On Human
Rights, and the UN
Convention on Genocide.
11. Environmental Justice must recognize a special legal and natural relationship of Native Peoples to
the U.S. government through treaties, agreements, compacts, and covenants affirming sovereignty and self-determination.
12. Environmental Justice affirms the need for urban and rural ecological policies to clean
up and rebuild our cities and rural areas in balance with nature, honoring
the cultural integrity of all our communities, and providing fair access for
all to the full range of resources.
13. Environmental Justice
calls for the strict enforcement of principles of informed
consent, and a halt to the testing
of experimental reproductive and medical procedures and vaccinations on people of color.
14. Environmental Justice opposes the destructive operations of multi-national
15. Environmental Justice opposes military occupation, repression and exploitation of
lands, peoples and cultures,
and other life forms.
16. Environmental Justice calls for the education of present and future generations which
emphasizes social and environmental issues, based on our experience and an appreciation of our diverse cultural perspectives.
17. Environmental Justice requires that we, as individuals, make personal and consumer
choices to consume as little of Mother Earth's resources and produce as little waste as possible; and make the conscious decision to challenge and reprioritize our lifestyles
to insure the health of the natural world for present and future generations.