Defunding the Police Is an Environmental Justice Issue

Drew Costley, The Color of Climate
June 18, 2020

In this article, Costley unpacks how defunding the police can help reduce the disproportionate pollution Black communities face across the country.


The kinds of pollution that law enforcement agencies bring into communities include noise pollution created by sirens and cars, light pollution from floodlights in high-crime areas, and emissions from police vehicles that are constantly driving around. Because Black communities and communities of color are often heavily policed, they are the people who must bear the burden of this pollution.

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