Updated: Apr 16, 2021
“As a science teacher, I am a fighter for environmental justice and believe scientists that we must increase the usage of renewable energy sources by 2030.”
The 1st District is at a high risk of environmental threats.
Environmental racism is one of the most damaging forms of racism in the U.S and it always affects the poorest communities like mine the most. Environmental inequities include pollution, waste disposal, and other environmental hazards.
In the United States, it is estimated that a higher percentage of hazardous waste dumps are in or near lower-income or minority communities. It is not coincidental that our children in the 1st Congressional district are likely to be asthmatic. African American children in Illinois have one of the highest lead counts in the nation. It is environmental inequities that have created this large scale of pre-existing conditions that are making our communities much more vulnerable than any other to Covid- 19.
Climate change is real!
The just and fair treatment of all people and communities is essential in creating a more sustainable and healthier world where we all can live, and our children can grow and reach their full potential.
Below is a list of some of the policy changes that I will support to make our 1st district-- our nation a safer, cleaner, greener place for all to live:
EPA standards for air quality in and around landfills.
EPA standards to measure lead in drinking water in daycare and school systems and update infrastructure in public schools.
Transparency regarding lead and various other harmful chemicals in drinking water.
Federal investment to renovate older water pipes.
Policies and procedures to identify communities that are disproportionately affected by environmental hazards and social inequalities to direct resources and policy solutions to the impacted area.
Allocate funds to protect and benefit communities that have been historically overburdened by pollution.
Measures to combat the current climate crisis through the Green New Deal.
Invest heavily in training, education, and career opportunities for professionals who are desperately needed in a rapidly changing environment.