Environmental Health Perspectives
VOLUME 110 | SUPPLEMENT 2 | April 2002 139
Peggy M. Shepard, Mary E. Northridge, Swati Prakash, Gabriel Stover
For the last several decades, a global environmental justice movement has challenged the disproportionate burden that environmental degradation and pollution have had on the health and well-being of communities of color and low-income communities. The struggle for environmental justice by people of color, who bear the brunt of pollution in the United States and around the world, has escalated with a growing awareness that this disproportionate burden contributes to egregious disparities in health by race/ethnicity and social class. CBPR seeks to build capacity and resources in communities and ensure that government agencies and academic institutions are better able to understand and incorporate community concerns into their research agendas.