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Author

Hazar Kilani

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Social Studies, Geography, Health

Resource Type

  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New York, New York City

"Asthma Alley": Why Minorities Bear Burden of Pollution Inequity Caused by White People

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Synopsis
  • This article describes environmental racism in the Bronx, including details about high levels of air pollution and high rates of asthma. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The study cited in this article is very clear, showing that "...black Americans are exposed to about 56% more pollution than is caused by their consumption, and Hispanics 63% more. Meanwhile, non-Hispanic whites breathe about 17% less air pollution than they cause, earning a 'pollution advantage.'"

Additional Prerequisites

  • Mott Haven is a neighborhood in the South Bronx in New York City, New York. You can see Mott Haven in Google Maps here. It may be best to familiarize yourself with the area before sharing the article with students.

Differentiation

Scientist Notes
The resource underscores pollution inequity among black, Hispanic, minority, and low-income populations in Mott Haven, South Bronx. It describes how the emissions from diesel trucks and other activities have affected and endangered the lives of residents. The resource also points to the fact that it is important to increase research output on air pollution and other environmental inequities to deepen awareness and accelerate actions against environmental injustices. This is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Social Sciences
    • Economics (K-8)
      • 7.8 Examine how economic decisions affect the well-being of individuals, businesses, and society.
    • Geography (K-12)
      • HS.45 Identify and explain how political and economic power dynamics throughout time have influenced cultural and environmental characteristics of various places and regions.
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