“CBE envisions a society in which production and consumption are based on environmental and social sustainability, where it’s held as a basic human right to breathe clean air and drink clean water in the environment where we live, work, go to school, play, and pray—regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, culture, ability, nationality, or income.”
I heard about CBE when I was extremely young. My two older sisters introduced me to the youth component of CBE as early as middle school. It was not until I got involved with Youth Action (meetings in local high schools put together by young organizers) that I started to understand the environmental and social impacts that affect low-income communities and communities of color. It was not until then that I recognized the power of communidad.
One reason I am organizing here with CBE is because I have twelve siblings. My two older sisters organized a few years back when they had to fight off a power plant. My generation shut-down Exide (a toxic battery recycler), and is making those who allowed this to happen face accountability. My younger sisters want to become a part of Youth EJ (CBE) to fight off the next toxic industry. However, I hope that one day they will never have to.
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