- Work with local conservation groups and community groups to assess environmental problems in local neighborhoods and develop action plans. Sponsor community-wide clean-up programs. Pressure government agencies to address problems.
- Locate the hazardous waste facilities in your area. Contact zoning officials to urge them to consider how their decisions affect minority populations. Consider supporting local coalitions to address these problems. Reach out to such coalitions to develop a formal presence in them.
- Support research and use of alternatives to toxic chemicals, which not only affect minority populations disproportionately, but cause harm to water sources used by the entire community.
Contact your representative and senators and urge them to support environmental justice legislation such as the Environmental Justice Act and the Public Health Equity Act. Encourage them to work for reform of the “Superfund” law to ensure that cleanup programs do not discriminate against poor communities.