Environmental Justice

Wednesday Chalkbeat reported that 10 Memphis schools had high lead levels, and on Thursday Shelby County Schools officials released a list of 14 additional schools with at least one water source that has tested positive for unsafe levels of lead. District officials told reporters Thursday that they are waiting on...
The assertion was sobering: Eroding topsoil flowing from farmlands in the North contaminates the Mississippi River with deadly pesticides, fertilizers and other harmful chemicals. Mayors, legislators and conservation advocates convened in Memphis last week to tackle environmental concerns about the “Mighty Mississippi.” The 2019 Annual Mississippi River Legislative Caucus positioned...
According to Eric Brown, Friends of the Earth Memphis program manager, the Save Energy, Save Dollars campaign would lead to a $63 million reduction in utility bills and create 330 new local jobs over a five-year period. https://soundcloud.com/user-376889500/eric-brown-save-energy-save-dollars-campaign
The water in Flint, Mich. had been contaminated with lead for months before the crisis entered the national consciousness in 2015. Like many African Americans, LaTricea D. Adams wanted to help, so she did what so many did, the only thing any average citizen could do – she sent...
“If Memphis Light Gas & Water’s utility rates are among the lowest in the country, why is my bill so darn high?” Whether you’ve asked yourself that question after opening your latest MLGW bill or gone a step further to complain to MLGW and/or city officials, it’s a question that...