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(The Root) — As African-American environmental-justice proponentsVan Jones and Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins will tell you, environmental sustainability and climate change are, in addition to their general importance, also tremendously relevant to the overall health of America’s communities of color. Though clean energy is a less obvious racial issue than, say, education or criminal justice, it’s becoming increasingly evident that what goes into our water and air, and how we build our energy infrastructure, are, or should be, topics of grave importance to African Americans.  The Obama administration has set in motion a number of programs to address past injustices while also planning for a future in which low-income communities of color have an opportunity to thrive in the green economy.

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