Let’s think about how governments and businesses can work to achieve all the rights / environmental justice that poor communities and / or developing countries need in order to grow.
A few factors classify an area as poor. The classification varies in a number of different categories, such as access to education and information, structural formation of neighborhoods, and proper access to sanitation. Those factors led poor areas to be recognized as the home for minority groups. As a result, the minority groups are often more affected than the majority groups by environmental hazards. In sum, there is a need of adaptation and changes in poor areas, in order to establish proper living and basic needs to the minority groups.
The first aspect that needs to be changed in poor communities is the education. Developing areas tend to prioritize structural changes instead of investing primarily in what is going to create a new set of values and empower people. Good education is the first solution to be applied in the neighborhoods of minority groups. The government of poor areas has to invest in building schools and hiring professors in order to minimize future spending with environmental hazards. Educated people are more capable of knowing how to deal with damages, as well as more capable of working and improving their communities as empowered citizens. However, a citizen will only be empowered when they know how to behave, and for it they need education.
After investing in education, governments and responsible organs have to deal with the development of proper structure in poor communities. Electricity and paved streets are the beginning of the change. The electricity will allow the use of fridge, fundamental for the conservation of food nowadays. The electricity will also allow the use of internet that should be also fairly provided in affordable price to the population. The access to the internet will bring more possibilities of information, which also helps in the prevention and action in cases of environmental hazards. Paved streets minimize the risks of a danger locomotion. When the streets are built properly, the transportation of people is easier and cheaper both for the government in providing public transportation, and also for the population in transiting safely.
Sanitation is going to be a consequence of providing structural support in poor communities. Once the structure is ready, there is no way for not investing in a proper sanitation. The adequate sanitation will decrease the chances of spreading diseases through rain and dirty water. In addition, sanitation will also prevent possible accidents when environmental hazards reach the poor communities.
Not only the environmental hazards will be minimized by applying education, structural changes, and sanitation in poor communities, but also the financial cost in dealing with those possible hazards will be decreased. The benefits are clear in every aspect of the investments, both for the population, and for the governments – not mentioning businesses gaining new clients. There would be no need of spending fortunes to repair local communities after an environmental damage, if those communities had the proper investment prior to the calamities.