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In Maryland, environmental justice issues persist as certain communities face disproportionate burdens of environmental degradation and health risks. Historically marginalized communities, often composed of low-income residents and people of color, bear the brunt of pollution, hazardous waste, and industrial development. The unequal distribution of environmental hazards leads to adverse health outcomes, diminished quality of life, and limited access to green spaces. Addressing these disparities is crucial for fostering a more equitable and sustainable future in the state. 

Recently, major strides have been made towards addressing environmental justice issues through new legislation and initiatives like Justice40. Even so, there is still much work to be done. At the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, we are committed to addressing environmental justice issues and fostering an inclusive and equitable environmental movement. Our goal is to empower communities that have historically been marginalized and amplify their voices in the decision-making processes that shape our state’s environmental policies.

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