Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership


Isabella Cook

Isabella Cook
First Year
Environmental Studies
West Des Moines, IA

“Groups that lack resources and representation suffer disproportionately from environmental malpractice and are frequently ignored during the creation and application of regulations that seek to remedy environmental issues. In extreme cases, developed nations even divert their environmental problems onto marginalized communities, who have no means of avoiding or mitigating them … Environmental justice is not a complicated issue. The United States possesses both the scientific knowledge required to end climate change and the power to stop inflicting harm on disadvantaged groups. More importantly, environmental injustice is a two-edged sword: as the oppression of marginalized communities worsens, so do environmental conditions. I find myself drawn to environmental justice because the net benefits it can provide for people and planet surpass that of other social justice issues and are also necessary to the survival of life on Earth. By pursuing environmentally conscious and sustainable legislation and regulations, we reduce oppressive forces while combating climate change.”