Watch: How Traffic Pollution Drives Health Disparities in West Oakland, California
Communities of color are disproportionately burdened by air pollution’s health impacts. Working with the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, EDF’s research is helping shed light on the connection between air pollution from diesel trucks and the impacts on local residents’ health. Case in point: research shows that Bay Area neighborhoods with higher percentages of people of color experience, on average, double the rate of pollution-related childhood asthma compared to predominantly white neighborhoods.
The video was produced by EDF and our partner, the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project. Read more about the Health Impact Assessment from West Oakland here.
EDF partnered with Kaiser Permanente to combine data from our original study with the electronic health records of 41,000 people in Oakland to better understand just how much place matters in driving health disparities.
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Our researchers found nitrogen dioxide (NO2) above the typical citywide levels outside nearly half (46%) of the schools and childcare centers in the areas we monitored. This kind of exposure to nitrogen oxides among children (NO and NO2) can result in the development and exacerbations of asthma and bronchitis.
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Children, the elderly, and people with existing diseases are even more vulnerable and susceptible to harm from breathing unhealthy air. And low-income communities and communities of color often experience higher exposure to air pollution and bear a greater burden of the health and economic impacts.
“Clean air should be a human right. I fight for clean air to help people of color and communities that are more likely to be located along the fencelines of harmful sources of pollution. I spent my formative years in communities bombarded by businesses and facilities that impacted air quality. There were car-crushing facilities, landfills, and major freeways in close proximity to our homes. It is important to work to ensure that families and children don’t continue to face poor air quality concerns and the resulting poor health outcomes.”
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