In urban neighborhoods, trees could prove to be more than just a nicety, but a necessity, when it comes to people’s health. In Pittsburgh's Garfield neighborhood, a group of volunteers is paying special attention to some vacant properties, mostly owned by the city.
Pennsylvania’s environmental justice program was created before the state’s fracking boom began. So none of the state’s more than 10,000 shale gas wells were ever subject to it. Some environmentalists think it’s time that changes.
The physical act of gardening has been shown to have a positive impact on health. One Pittsburgh organization is carrying on the tradition of black farmers by bringing gardening and holistic healing to a community they say could really use it.
The EPA’s Environmental Justice office is meant to defend communities that face a disproportionate share of the effects of pollution. But the office’s funding could be cut entirely in President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal.
If you believe your health has been, or could be, impacted by industry pollution, one place to start is this organization. Staffed with doctors, nurses and public health scientists, the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project helps people and communities protect themselves.