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By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 31, 2007

Enviro justice for the masses
It should be no surprise that people living in low-income neighborhoods, minority folk, and people of color are more likely to have their health and well-being compromised by short-sighted or just plain bad environmental policy.
 
The consequences include higher rates of asthma (from inhaling diesel and gasoline fumes) and other maladies.
 
This Saturday, November 3, the Recreation Center at Johnson & Wales’ Harborside Campus (305 Shipyard Street, Providence) will be the location for the first annual Rhode Island Environmental Justice Forum.
 
It is sponsored by Rhode Island Legal Services, with funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency. Active participants include the Childhood Lead Action Project, Toxics Information Project, the Hartford Park Residents Association, the RI Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, the Sierra Club’s RI Chapter, American Lung Association, the Environmental Council of RI, and the Brown University Superfund Basic Research Project Outreach Core.
 
There will be panels on air pollution and asthma; improving mass transit; safe foods and consumer products; reusing brownfields; and how to reduce environmental hazards in housing and other indoor environments.
 
This event is free and open to the public. Spanish interpreters will be available. If you’d like more information, call Steven Fishbach at RI Legal Services, 401.274-2652, extension 182 or by e-mail at steve.fishbach@gmail.com.

Send green thoughts and Pulitzer-grade tips to p&j@phx.com.

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