History on a National Level
The Texas 2021 Winter Storms are a very prevalent case concerning environmental justice and still remains to be a relatively fresh occurrence within our nation, in which individuals are still experiencing its repercussions. This event has disproportionately affected black and hispanic families, leaving a large number of individuals without power, disabling them to generate heat and to have access to safe drinking water. Along with that instance of environmental injustice in the U.S., there is also rising concern related to water injustice surrounding the Colorado River, regarding pollution, allocation, and the flows across the U.S.-Mexico Border. So not only does this particular case affect individuals on a national level, but also internationally. In the United States there has been a long and ongoing history of environmental injustice pertaining to health and land disproportionately affecting the Indigenous Populations of the U.S. A recent example includes the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on native land as well as Uranium mining in Arizona. One of the most current cases that is still underway deals with the Line 3 Oil Pipeline that goes across treaty land and would impact the tribes of this area. Some of this pipeline has already been completed, although there has been some deterrents to its construction due to protesters and growing opposition, as well as legal issues.