Urban Environmental Justice: Newark's Ironbound District, A.Slideshow
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Learn about the terrible environmental conditions that the 50,000 residents of the Ironbound District, part of Newark's East Ward, live with every day. This slide show presented by the environmental ...
Learn about the terrible environmental conditions that the 50,000 residents of the Ironbound District, part of Newark's East Ward, live with every day. This slide show presented by the environmental education and activism business, "Envision Blue/Green," will shock you. It will illustrate for you exactly why you should care about this neighborhood which may be located only a few miles from your own neighborhood. Tourists flock daily to the Ironbound shops & restaurants, especially the many Portugese ones, but few know where these streets lead or what's in the air they are breathing. Toxic air, toxic water, toxic soil. The children of the Ironbound have an asthma rate of 1 in 4 as compared with the average 1 in 12 in the rest of NJ. Beginning long ago during the Industrial Revolution, literally 'bound' by railroads and bordering a seaport, then later crisscrossed and surrounded by major highways and finally Newark Airport, this neighborhood was & is a major transportation hub --the largest gateway into the U.S. on the east coast. And all that traffic pours pollution into the air day and night. Meanwhile the huge trash incinerator, oil terminals, chemical companies, power producers, and other manufacturing plants spew smoke into the air. Poisonous fumes and particle dust containing neurotoxins like mercury, dioxin, and lead along with many other pollutants that cause lung disease and other serious illnesses. The soil that children walk to school across and run around on when they're throwing a football or tossing a frisbee, is TOXIC. In fact, the largest dioxin superfund site in the world is located here where pesticides and then Agent Orange were manufactured for years. And 17 miles of the Passaic River flowing past is, in and of itself, a superfund site. And both the sewage treatment plant and a huge municipal and solid waste treatment facility are both located there. And during major storms like Hurricanes Irene & Sandy? The river overflows its banks, flooding the neighborhood, spreading toxic sludge into businesses and homes. The people of the Ironbound are our neighbors. Literally the neighbors of other working class neighborhoods and towns as well as many upper middle class and wealthy communities in Essex and Union Counties. It says in the Bible, "Love your neighbor the same as you love yourself." Organizations like the Ironbound Community Corporation fight for environmental justice, but they need the help of their neighbors. Your house of worship, club, community organization, student group, or any group of concerned citizens can join the movement to stop this injustice in its tracks and create a healthier world for the people of the Ironbound, of all of Newark, of Essex County, and of the world. No one--no CHILD--should ever have to breathe poisonous air or crawl on toxic soil. Not yours. Not any child in the Ironbound District. Please join the Envision Blue/Green movement to help create a healthier planet for all earth's inhabitants.
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