Thanks to Wellesley High School student Oliver Kilgore for sharing this story and to the Evolutions students and faculty for enlightening the community about environmental justice issues.
Wellesley High School Evolutions students recently completed a project called Environmental Justice. You can see their work to the left just outside the WHS front door. Environmental justice refers to a community's access to clean water, clean air, healthy food, and the ability to have agency within a community. One student group focused specifically on East Boston, a community that has been disproportionately affected by these issues for many years.
This group quickly realized that the air quality of that community has been polluted for years due to their next door neighbor, Boston Logan International Airport.
They also discovered that in the entire community, there is one Supermarket that they all shop at. If the Shaws runs out of healthy food for the community, it can be very difficult for members of the community to be able to find healthy food. The good news is that a local organization, Eastie Farms, plants healthy foods in their local greenhouse and supplies it to the community, sometimes for free.
The students also learned that some of the very old pipe infrastructure in that neighborhood is made out of lead, which can contaminate the water source within the community.
Another way environmental justice communities are impacted unfairly is due to the fact that they often don’t speak up to government or community leaders to try and make change within the community.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Go to WHS and enjoy the art instillation and read up on the issues surrounding the many environmental justice communities around and amongst us. Once you get inspired, email email@example.com to learn more on what you can do to help the disproportionately impacted communities.