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Department of Health and Human Services announces an Office of Environmental Justice

by Siddhi Ashar, Jun 1
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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’s new Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) has been set up to address climate-related health issues, particularly those impacting poor and marginalized Americans. Within the larger environmental health strategies, this new office prioritizes the desperate need to deliver clean air and clean water to all communities rapidly.

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So what?

Low-income communities and communities of color disproportionately feel the impacts of climate change at times due to geographical conditions but also lack industrial regulations, poor land use, and rampant oversight.

Health for all is a pillar of environmental justice and such bold institutional reform could have a ripple effect on other legislative bodies to address climate and health as integrated complex issues rather than separate approaches. This could also lead to a larger focus on community-led health practices where underrepresented communities could co-create resilient health systems that are fit for purpose and bring in more effective and just methodologies for their collective health.

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by Siddhi Ashar Spotted 26 signals

With a background in international studies and filmmaking, Siddhi works with the Futures Centre team to creatively push our current imaginaries and create more positive visions of futures rooted in equity. Her works centers around challenging common narratives and working agilely to bring forth more representative ones. Through her role at the Futures Centre, she focuses on the answering the question, how can better climate communication and visioning help stakeholders work together and act intently, empathetically and urgently?

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