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Environmental Racism in the Bronx: Why the Asthma Rate is So High in the Borough

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  • This video shows how environmental racism has produced higher rates of air pollution and respiratory diseases in the South Bronx. 
  • The video focuses on Ilyna Hernandez, a teenager living in the South Bronx with asthma. 
Teaching Tips


  • This video connects high rates of respiratory diseases in the South Bronx with factors such as more bus depots, truck facilities, waste sites, and traffic patterns in that area.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the term environmental racism, which is defined in the video as "the intentional racial discrimination in infrastructural and environmental policy-making."


  • Civics and social studies classes could use this video to supplement lessons about local governance and the effects of zoning determinations and municipal infrastructure decisions.
  • Biology and health classes could discuss the pollutants found in vehicle exhaust, chemical applications, power plant pollution, and industrial facility pollution.
  • Other resources about pollution include this video about chemical water pollution, this StC lesson plan about air pollution, and this water quality experiment.
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This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Social Studies
    • Active Citizenship in the 21st Century - Civics, Government, and Human Rights
      • 6.3.8.CivicsDP.1: Identify an issue of inequality, develop multiple solutions, and communicate the best one to an appropriate government body.
  • Comprehensive Health & Physical Education
    • Personal and Mental Health
      • 2.1.12.CHSS.8: Investigate how local, state, and global agencies are addressing health issues caused by climate change and share this information in an appropriate setting.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.ES.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
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