LEAF's Community Environmental Health, Freshwater and Marine Resources, and Energy programs steadfastly protect the rights of all people to live in communities where the water is safe to drink, the air safe to breathe and the land safe to live upon.
LEAF helps communities work together, crossing lines of race and class, to find long-term solutions to protect environmental and human health. Our local victories, merged with victories in other communities across the globe, become the foundation for a stronger and healthier Earth.
LEAF initiated the community wide Brownfield’s to Healthfields (B2H) movement by taking blighted and often polluted property, collocated within communities of color suffering the triple threats of 1) environmental exposures, 2) low socioeconomic status, and 3) chronic disease, to be remediated, redeveloped and quickly made adaptable to augmented community wide access to health care.
LEAF helps communities fight health-threatening pollution from poorly managed or abandoned waste sites underground waste disposal facilities, power plants and sewage treatment plants. LEAF also helps communities protect themselves from companies that use out-of-date pollution control technologies.
"There is more toxic pollution in minority and low income communities than in other communities. LEAF is an important soldier in the fight against this environmental discrimination. I support LEAF's Work Wholeheartedly.”
The Honorable John Lewis, U.S. Congress (GA) and Former LEAF Board Member
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