Why Aren’t We Hearing More About Environmental Justice from Presidential Candidates?

Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice policy director says one candidate is clearly doing better on the issue.

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There were few mentions of the environment during the big speeches we heard last week from the Democratic National Convention. It’s an area of public policy that affects us all.

What have Democrats and Republicans said and not said about the environment? What role will the next president play in combating climate change? And how can someone affect the air we breathe and water we drink here in Metro Detroit from the White House?

Detroit Today producer Jake Neher speaks with Kimberly Hill Knott, director of policy at Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice. She says there were some positives that came out of Philly last week.

“What really stood out to me was the focus on clean energy and climate change,” says Hill Knott. But she says there was still not enough focus from either party on the issue of environmental justice during either major party convention last month.

“Clean air is a natural right,” she says. “It should not be based on race, it should not be based on class, and it should not be based on geographical location. But, unfortunately, it is.”

To hear more of the conversation, including Hill Knott’s head-to-head comparison between Clinton and Trump on environmental issues, click on the audio player above.


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