At ECO-Action, we believe that communities have the right to clean air, land and water and should have a right to participate in the decisions that affect their own lives. Incredibly, many communities still do not have that right today. Those affected most by toxic chemical exposure are people who live in low-income communities and communities of color. We believe that people who work collectively to organize, make change, share resources, and solve problems will make a positive impact on their community’s health, environment and prosperity.
When communities are confronted with a potentially harmful facility or situation, they often don’t know what their options are. At ECO-Action, we help people empower themselves to make a difference. We do this by helping members of the community to:
• Research and communicate issues
• Motivate their neighbors to take action
• Build alliances
• Understand the processes and options
• Create an effective strategy
Our mission is to help communities organize to confront environmental health threats, and to strengthen & facilitate participation of communities in preventing and resolving such threats. ECO-Action serves the general population, but we focus our assistance on vulnerable communities – most often rural residents, people with limited formal education, those with few resources, women, and people of color. ECO-Action’s work is based on the intersection of three things – threats to human health, environmental degradation and social injustice.
We envision a toxics-free Georgia where people’s health is not affected by environmental threats.