As a black person in America, I am twice as likely as a white person to live in an area where air pollution poses the greatest risk to my health. I am five times more likely to live within walking distance of a power plant or chemical facility — which I do.

Majora Carter

Quotation #36650

About This Quote


Source: "Greening the Ghetto." TED2006. Feb. 2006. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote is from activist Majora Carter's 2006 TED Talk about her struggle for environmental justice in the South Bronx. Says Carter in this quote, people of African descent in the United States are statistically more likely than white Americans to live near a polluting facility, such as a power plant or chemical plant; and Carter, herself, lives near such a facility. Watch the full TED Talk here: Majora Carter - Greening the Ghetto