Historical patterns of discriminatory exposure to toxic and environmental hazards put vulnerable communities at higher risk of serious health problems.
What we are doing
Our community-driven, multiracial movement challenges and uproots systemic, historic causes of environmental injustices. Beyond Toxics is fighting for clean air and water by demanding strong health criteria to protect Oregon’s vulnerable communities.
West Eugene is a place lacking in community investments and residents breathe in 99% of all industrial air toxics in the Eugene metropolitan area. As part of our Environmental Justice program, Beyond Toxics canvassed vulnerable neighborhoods in West Eugene to collect hundreds of community health surveys. The results show that nearly two-thirds of respondents experience significant impacts from poor air quality and suffer health problems.
I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, we can’t eat money, or drink oil.”