Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies. It is based on the principle that no segment of the population, especially individuals most impacted and vulnerable, should bear disproportionately high or adverse effects of environmental pollution.
Environmental justice calls for the decrease of environmental burdens for everyone, rather than the equitable distribution of pollution and other negative environmental impacts.
All too often, environmental burdens disproportionately impact vulnerable populations, people of color, and low income communities. In the Commonwealth that is no different. To achieve environmental justice in Virginia, VAIPL is mobilizing faith communities to advocate at the statewide level to transform our state to a just, clean energy system for all.
We are people of faith collaborating to grow healthy communities and advance climate justice through education, advocacy, and worship. VAIPL continues to strive to empower all faith communities across the Commonwealth of Virginia to achieve sustainable living.