Sacrifice Zones

Sacrifice Zones The Front Lines of Toxic Chemical Exposure in the United States - The MIT Press

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The stories of residents of low-income communities across the country who took action when pollution from heavy industry contaminated their towns.

Across the United States, thousands of people, most of them in low-income or minority communities, live next to heavily polluting industrial sites. Many of them reach a point at which they say "Enough is enough." After living for years with poisoned air and water, contaminated soil, and pollution-related health problems, they start to take action-organizing, speaking up, documenting the effects of pollution on their neighborhoods.

In Sacrifice Zones, Steve Lerner tells the stories of twelve communities, from Brooklyn to Pensacola, that rose up to fight the industries and military bases causing disproportionately high levels of chemical pollution. He calls these low-income neighborhoods "sacrifice zones." And he argues that residents of these sacrifice zones, tainted with chemical pollutants, need additional regulatory protections.

Sacrifice Zones goes beyond the disheartening statistics and gives us the voices of the residents themselves, offering compelling portraits of accidental activists who have become grassroots leaders in the struggle for environmental justice and details the successful tactics they have used on the fenceline with heavy industry.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262518178
Publisher: The MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 363.738420973
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 470g
Height: 223mm
Width: 147mm
Spine width: 22mm