Environmental Justice in My

Community

2015 National Environmental Justice
Conference
Samantha
Youth/
Parker/
Emerging
Black Youth
Leaders
Leadership
Summit
Development
Institute/ Savannah, Georgia

Preparing Environmental Justice
Communities to Respond to Climate Change
ADVANTAGES

DISADVANTAGES

• Savannah, Georgia has a
• Savannah, Georgia is located
strong group of
on the coast and is
environmentalists that’s aware
threatened by the rising of
of the changes likely to occur
sea level which is expected
in our community.
to be one of the effects of
• These environmentalist are
climate change.
informing the citizens to help
them be prepared for disaster. • Savannah is deepening the
• Environmentalist and the Local
Savannah River.
Emergency Planning
• Savannah’s rich history and
Committee are having
treasures are located in the
conversations and making
downtown area near the
preparations for our
river.
community.

Toxins
in My

Community

Facts About the
Environmental Toxins in My
Community
• Savannah River ranks 3rd most polluted
river in the nation.
• These industries dump 5 million pounds
of toxic waste into the Savannah River
every year.
• 1.4 million people rely on this river for
water everyday.

Pollution In Our
Backyards

HUDSON HILL
• Hudson Hill is a
predominately African
American community
centrally located between
10- 15 polluting
companies.
• In 2013, these companies
released over 25 different
chemicals was released
in this particular area.

Lead Exposure & Aggressive

Correlation
• The Chinese says that the liver is the seat
of anger.
• When lead is present in the body, the first
place affected by lead is the liver.

Where is Lead Found???
• Lead maybe present in the following places/
objects:
– Paint
– Toys
– Air
– Soil
– Water
– Gasoline
– Pipes
– Batteries
– Cosmetics

Risk of Lead Exposure
• Behavior/ Anger
Problems
• Death
• Comas
• learning problems
• Lower IQ and
• Seizures
• Hyperactivity
• Slowed growth
• Hearing Problems
• Anemia

Levels
• The Standard Level of
Lead being harmful to
an individual is 10 or
greater!!!
• Studies today shows
that any level of Lead
found in the human
body is harmful to an
individual.

Lead in My Community
• The Environmental Protection Division
conducted test at a facility near an elementary
school in my community. As a result of those
test, lead and arsenic was found. That year,
tests were conducted in that school. A large
amount of lead and arsenic was found in the
building and on the playground utilized for
recess.
• Environmentalist demanded lead testing for
the students!
• Chatham County refused to offer on-site
testing. Instead, they provided free testing for
children at the Health Department which was
located on the opposite side of the city.
• Justice was yet not served because many of
the parents in that community did not have
transportation and were unable to get tested.

Lead Poison in Children
Lead Poisoning in Children has been linked to
diabetes,
Hypertension, heart failure, cancer, brain
damage, kidney
damage.

Symptoms
- Nausea
- Constipation
- Seizures
- Headaches
- Coma

Contact Information
Samantha Parker
912-508-5151
samanthaparker516@gmail.com
Savannah, Georgia
Harambee House, INC/ Citizens for Environmental
Justice
Black Youth Leadership Development Institute, Youth
Coordinator

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