WHAT WE BELIEVE IN:
Here at Texans United for Environmental Justice & Conservation (TUEJC), we believe that every Texan should have access to the basic necessities: clean air and safe drinking water, regardless of one's race, zip code, or economic status. In Texas, we have more than half a million of vulnerable Texans who face environmental injustice. This injustice is easily found in the 2,300 Texas "Colonias" across the Texas-Mexico border and the Texans who live within a short radius from various fracking sites, refineries, and factories. This is a Texas-sized problem that can only be solved by coming together fighting for environmental justice.
WHAT IS A COLONIA?
The Texas Office of the Secretary of State defines a colonia as substandard housing developments, often found along the Texas-Mexico border, where residents lack basic services such as drinking water, sewage treatment, and paved roads.
"Right now, zip code is the most potent predictor of heath and well-being, that should not be the case"
—Dr. Robert Bullard,
Father of Environmental Justice
As climate change continues to put a strain on Texas natural resources, it is imperative we do our part to lesson the burden on our air, water, and all the ecosystems in between. Texas is the second-largest state in the United States, approximately 270,000 square-miles, home to various ecosystems: forests, prairies, deserts, and wetlands. Each ecosystem needs our protection to support our ecological diversity. We strive to do our part to elevate some of those burdens by planting trees, planting pollinator-friendly plants, cleaning our coast line, and cleaning up our river banks!
Here at TUEJC we believe in order to effect real change there needs to be a united effort between the choices we make every day and the formation of strong legislation drafted by our state legislature. We feel that "sensible" legislation, is laws that focuses on serving the best interest of the most vulnerable Texans and ecosystems, such as extending the radius between polluters from neighborhoods and schools, ban of single-use plastic bags, and an increase of renewable energy throughout Texas.