Sunday, August 19, 2012

Planet In Peril - Environmental Racism

Today's Planet In Peril segment starts out in Texas where Six-year-old Valentin Marroquin went from healthy one moment to a leukemia patient battling for his life the next. Valentin's story opens the discussion of the wider question of "environmental racism."

COOPER: Activists call it environmental racism and say it's not just happening in Texas. Thailand, Cambodia, Madagascar, Chad, Brazil. In each place the poor and disenfranchised are usually the ones bearing environmental burdens.

It happens there, and it happens here. In 2005, the Associated Press found African-Americans are 79 percent more likely than whites to live in neighborhoods where industrial pollution is suspected of posing the greatest health danger.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: How do we improve the quality of life for everybody?

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Since there weren't any "extras" to accompany this segment of Planet In Peril, enjoy an "outtakes" video ~

Until next week....

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