In frontline communities across the nation, residents and activists are calling out sources of unhealthy air pollution—and demanding environmental action.
Likewise, the low-income South Ward of Newark, New Jersey, is close to Newark International Airport, the Port Newark–Elizabeth Marine Terminal and several other industries. According to resident Kim Gaddy, the national environmental justice director for Clean Water Action, “25,000 trucks come in and out of Port Newark–Elizabeth on a daily basis, and 3,500 of those trucks remain on local roads.” Having three children with asthma, Gaddy has witnessed the declining health of residents in her community. “The only connection is that they live in the same zip code,” she says.
Crystal Romeo Upperman | Conservation | Oct 09, 2021