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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Social Studies, Civics, History, Health

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North America, United States, USA - West, Washington

The Role of Hispanic Young People in the Fight for Environmental Justice

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  • This article examines environmental pollution in the South Park community near Seattle, Washington and how members of this community are fighting for environmental justice.
  • Students will learn that this community has a relatively high percentage of Hispanic people, deals with far more air, water, and noise pollution than other sections of Seattle, and that community members have created the Duwamish River Community Coalition (DRCC) in order to fight for environmental justice.
Teaching Tips


  • This article highlights how communities can work to better their local environment.
  • The article contains a map of the South Park neighborhood.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Pre-read the article to identify any vocabulary to review with students ahead of time.
  • Students should have a basic understanding of environmental justice and how pollution affects human health.


  • This article could enhance a lesson on how discriminatory housing and zoning policies of the past are currently impacting communities.
  • This article could supplement a lesson on how the environment of a low-income community may impact the personal health of its residents.
  • This article could augment a lesson on the American government's effectiveness at integrating neighborhoods.
  • For ELLs, it may be useful to define some words before these students dive into the reading.
  • To extend this reading, have students research the locations of factories, power plants, and industrial areas in their city and discuss their thoughts about the locations and effects on surrounding neighborhoods.  Are there any trends?
Scientist Notes
This website discusses the challenges that low-income and racial minority neighborhoods face when it comes to air, water, and soil pollution levels. This article looks specifically at the South Park community outside of Seattle and what the youth in that community are doing in order to take as stand against environmental injustice. This article would be a great addition to a classroom discussing environmental justice, climate change, and the effect students can have on their communities.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
  • English Language Arts
    • Language (K-12)
      • L.VL.11–12.3 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grades 11–12 reading and content, including technical meanings, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.CI.11–12.2 Determine two or more central ideas of an informational text and analyze how they are developed and refined over the course of a text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex account or analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
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