What is environmental justice?

Socio-economic disadvantage makes some communities and households more vulnerable to the effects of both environmental pollution and the policies that are intended to address it.

Low income and marginalised communities have the fewest choices about where and how they live; they have fewer resources to cope with pollution or the challenges of climate change; and they have less visibility in the shaping of policy responses.

Environmental Justice ensures that these communities and households are not disproportionately impacted by climate change or other environmental harms, and that the State’s response to environmental challenges is both inclusive and fair.

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Read more about key concepts and debates in environmental justice and how they relate to Ireland in this report, completed in 2022 by researchers at Dublin City University’s School of Law and Government in conjunction with CLM’s Centre for Environmental Justice.

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