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Since 2005, the Environmental Justice Project at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Stockton, has used its unique Catholic voice to improve air quality, slow global warming emissions, advocate for sustainable and just community growth, and reduce the impact of climate change in the San Joaquin Valley. In accordance with Catholic Social Teaching, we are particularly concerned with how these environmental challenges harm poor and vulnerable communities.
The Environmental Justice Project is a program of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Stockton, a non-profit organization committed to providing help for today and hope for tomorrow. Catholic Charities administers 56 different programs in 6 counties https://ejstockton.org/
California Wildfire Awareness
California experienced 5 of it’s top 20 largest wildfires in 2020. Over a million acres of land burned last year and the statistics for California wildfires in 2021 is moving exceedingly closer towards breaking that record. With the air quality index reaching levels of over five-hundred in suburban areas, many California residents experienced serious health issues. At the Environmental Justice Program for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Stockton, we strive to educate and advocate for sustainable communities through an environmental justice lens. This video was created to bring awareness towards the consequences of denying and ignoring the climate crisis. Natural disasters are currently occurring around the world with direct ties to human-caused climate change. Until serious action is taken humanity will continue to see sea level rise, cancerous air pollution, deadly wildfires, lack of biodiversity, lack of clean drinking water, and many more complications that threaten the wellbeing of Earth.
Mask Pollution – A Message From The Environmental Justice Project
Manufacturing plastic materials has serious consequences on the environment. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the manufacturing of polypropylene masks has increased dramatically. While societies around the world attempt to adapt to their nation’s quarantine protocols, it is important to remember to properly dispose of contaminated materials. Polypropylene masks are especially important to dispose of properly because it could infect other members of the community and has irreversible impacts on the environment. Plastic materials virtually never decompose, meaning that the earliest developed polypropylene materials are still polluting our soils and oceans to this day.