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Sociology in Environmental Injustice

This paper presents a discussion on a sociological concept in regard to environmental injustice. It states that at the heart of environmental injustice is that one group gets an environmental bad while other groups are unaware of it even though many would argue that instances of environmental injustice are everyone’s problem. The concept, “not in my backyard and not in my body”, means that there is a wide misunderstanding amongst the citizens on the scope and effects of environmental degradation. Their understanding is pegged on the fact that since they have not suffered any direct loss due to environmental injustice, then everything is well with them.


The assumption is erroneous. The effects of pollution may take time before causing real time harm or suffering to the victims. Constant exposure to harmful gases, dust and other harmful wastes subjects victims to respiratory diseases (Vandana, 2011). In the long run, the victims would suffer due to the exposure. The victims could also be suffering without their knowledge until the day when they become overwhelmed. Other consequences of environmental injustice would affect a wide range of citizens. Pollution of air and water can cause suffering to all citizens in the society. Therefore, the concept is based on the lack of information. Environmental injustice affects all the people within the society and its effects can be felt in far wide regions across the globe.

The great social awareness amongst the citizens or residents within a certain region on environmental injustice helps towards solving of the problem. Where the populace has an understanding of the scope in regard to the problem, it becomes easy to find solutions (Vandana, 2011). Based on the right information, the affected can lobby the authorities or those concerned to address their plight where need exists. On the other hand, it becomes difficult for a population without sufficient knowledge to address such problems. Therefore, creation of awareness is critical towards efforts of solving challenges associated with environmental injustice.


Vandana, S. (2011). Soil not oil: Environmental justice in an age of climate crisis. South End Press.

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