Rev. Kari Nicewander of Immanuel Congregational Church, Rev. Steve Camp of Faith Congregational Church, and Sharon Lewis, President of the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice, led the conversation. Environmental racism is the disproportionate impact of environmental hazards on people of color. Nicewander and Camp recently returned from Flint, MI, where dangerous lead levels in the water system were ignored by officials. They spoke about the dire situation in Flint and how it is a problem of racism as much as it is a problem of water access. Nicewander asked participants if a predominately white suburb had unsafe drinking water, would we tolerate it? Lewis explained that many urban areas have high lead levels in water and other environmental hazards like industrial plants or factories.
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