WHO WE ARE
The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water is a statewide coalition
of grassroots groups and intermediary organizations building a collective,
community-based movement for democratic water allocation, management, and
policy development in California. EJCW empowers low-income communities and
people of color throughout California to advocate for clean, safe, and
affordable water for their communities.
envision all communities throughout California having access to safe and
affordable water, clean rivers, streams, and bays for personal, cultural,
ceremonial, and recreational uses.
EJCW plays a
critical bridge-building role in connecting grassroots communities and
statewide policy advocates across California. We maintain a strong presence in
Sacramento, and have conducted many successful advocacy campaigns. We are
coordinating a statewide message on the importance of identifying and meeting
the water needs of the most under-served communities in California. By
connecting our members to each other and potential allies throughout the state,
as well as tackling structural inequity in how California’s water resources are
managed, we are building a broad movement for water justice.
WHAT IS ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE?
Environmental Justice is the right of every person to live, work and play in a safe, healthy, and sustainable environment.
Environmental justice demands that low-income communities and communities of color participate as equal players in decisions that effect their local environment and health.
Environmental justice demands that community experiences of toxic exposure, related health problems and degraded environments be addressed.
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HOW IS WATER AN ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE ISSUE?
Access to clean, safe, and affordable water is a fundamental human right essential for a healthy population, environment, and economy.
Many low-income communities and communities of color lack access to safe, affordable water for drinking, subsistence, cultural or recreational uses.
Water justice will only be achieved when inclusive, community-based forms of water management are developed and we address the health and environmental burens low-income communities and communities of color bear.
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The open sewer New River runs past many low-income homes in Calexico, CA