Posted by: jblevins | January 8, 2009

Remembering Dr. King

Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Click here to download Environmental Racism: An Ecumenical Study Guide and take action while remembering the legacy of Dr. King.

January 19th is the day that our country sets aside to remember the life and legacy of Dr. King. As children of God, part of that remembrance involves continuing to work to stop injustices which exist in the world today. One such injustice is the racism implicit in many of our environmental policies, particularly in terms of toxics in the environment. The United Church of Christ recently issued a report, titled Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty, which found that “people of color make up the majority of those living in host neighborhoods within 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) of the nation’s hazardous waste facilities.” As people of faith, it is these kinds of racial and ethnic disparities that prevent us from being the children of God we are called to be.


This year, remember Dr. King by including a study of the effects of environmental racism into your church community. Click here to download Environmental Racism: An Ecumenical Study Guide, a resource from the Eco-Justice Program. Some people are affected by environmental hazards more than others. In the United States and around the world, more people of color live and work in unhealthy, polluted environments than do Caucasians. Approaching environmental racism and justice from our Christian faith perspective, we are called first to insist upon justice for all of God’s people and creatures. We must never forget the need to protect, defend, and care for God’s creation-the Earth and all non-human creatures. While we remember this larger ecological framework, our goal in this study packet is to look particularly at human lives and human environments. Click here to download this study guide, and take action while remembering the legacy of Dr. King.

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