Environmental Justice During COVID-19: Communities bear extra burden

Read the full story at Great Lakes Now.

When you ask well-intentioned government officials about environmental justice issues and why they are so difficult to remedy, the response usually goes like this:

“Some of the challenges we see as environmental problems are really rooted in decades of disinvestment in parts of our urban communities,” Liesl Clark, director of Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy told Great Lakes Now in a 2019 interview.

That’s why it was important that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer focused on environmental justice from the beginning of her administration, Clark said and pointed out that an environmental justice public advocate position was created for that purpose.

And now, the commitment to environmental justice faces a tough test—the COVID-19 virus that’s ravaging the country but especially cities like Detroit and Chicago.

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