Earth Day 2012: Celebrate and Participate

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Why Should African-Americans Care About Earth Day?

Low-income and minority neighborhoods have more environmental hazards, such as waste facilities, abandoned factories and landfills, than other communities. As a result, they often experience higher levels of cancer, asthma and other respiratory diseases that otherwise would be preventable. Earth Day is an opportunity to build awareness and coalitions to address environmental hazards and their health effects.

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