The quality of the air you breathe, the water you drink, the school you attend, and the economic opportunities you have depend in large part on where you live. Throughout New York, poor communities of color are disproportionately exposed to toxic air, unsafe water, and other adverse environmental conditions.

The NYCLU believes a person’s quality of life should not depend on the color of their skin, their bank account, or their zip code. Our environmental justice work empowers low-wealth communities of color to decide the future of their neighborhoods and ensures that they have the resources to live full, healthy lives.

We are working to ensure that schools in communities of color have what they need to provide a quality education, that environmental toxins are not concentrated in Black and Brown neighborhoods, and that major development projects center the needs of people who live in these communities.