Mapping environmental justice just a few clicks away

Mapping environmental justice just a few clicks away, Bay Journal, Jeremy Cox, April 14th, 2021

Morgan Johnson, a staff attorney for Waterkeepers Chesapeake, has incorporated the website into her work exposing environmental injustices. She cautioned that the site isn’t the “end-all, be-all” of an environmental justice analysis. But it helps “bring into color” issues that are difficult to convey with dry statistics and prose.

“It’s a really great exercise in the idea that a picture is worth a thousand words,” Johnson said. “It’s really helpful when we’re doing this work to be able to share with policymakers a visual illustration of the communities on the ground.”

As the Black Lives Matter movement has thrust racial injustice into the limelight, “there’s been this renewed thinking about environmental justice and cumulative impacts,” Johnson added.