A new study found that redlining practices from 100 years ago have led to higher levels of air pollution today, according to reporting from The Guardian. Air pollution impacts health— worsening conditions such as asthma and cardiovascular disease.
This study illustrates the ongoing impacts of racist policies and why we currently need investment into communities that face environmental injustices.
In an interview with the Guardian, Julian Marshall, one of the studies authors said,
“Environmental inequalities are immediate and local, but they’re also systemic and long term,” said Marshall. “So that means the solutions also need to last longer than one presidential administration. We inherited this problem, but we need to act now to prevent it from continuing in the future.”