Environmental justice is the “fair treatment of people of all races, income, and cultures with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies, and their meaningful involvement in the decision-making processes of the government.

There was a trend in congress to bring additional attention to environmental justice, new bills were introduced to strengthen legal protections, civil rights especially for communities facing environmental hazards and inequities. The Bronx is such a county and needs someone who is afraid to stand up on their behalf even if it means making some key holders mad. Being your representative is a choice and with that comes the responsibility to better the community not just have a job. You must be passionate and feel that you as well are being disenfranchised with the current situation and search out new ways where you can obtain bi-partisan support to have legislation passed to better the district you represent. Part of that process is engaging your community in the process, so you’re on the ground and have the ability to articulate and understand what matters. I am such a person and welcome working with the community to bring to fruition.

Currently in congress a bill called the “Environmental Justice for All Act” was introduced with the objective of engaging the people and communities most affected by exposure to environmental toxins, pollution, and contamination. Due to the pandemic the circulation of this bill has calm to a slow halt, however, the sponsors Grijalva and McEachin are attempting to have placed into the stimulus bill. It is time that communities like the South Bronx have the quality of air, water and all other environmental factors be taken into account in this district.

Residents who have been affected need to be able to receive full compensation and full compensation and reparations for damages as well as quality health care. It is also referred to as
environmental racism which is the disproportionate impact of environmental hazards on people of color. I believe communities of color can o longer be dumping grounds and we need to put policies in place for our sustainability and future generations.

In November of 2019 when Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the, “Paris Agreement” which was an agreement between most nations regarding climate change and the elements causing these alterations in our weather patterns. It was a way for the world to come together and keep the earth sustainable. However, the Trump Administration didn’t see the need to control global warming. I see the need to sustain our air, water and make sure our ozone layer doesn’t continue to dissipate. I will fight to make sure we are using the latest science and studies available to us to reverse the damage Trump has done to our country’s environment while in office.