The mission of ANAWA
ANAWA is a leading environmental justice organization in the United States, having been founded in 1978. ANAWA’s objective is to empower people of color and low-income communities in Australia to achieve environmental health and justice by avoiding and decreasing pollution and creating green, healthy, and sustainable communities and surroundings.
Residents of heavily polluted metropolitan districts in Australia can rely on ANAWA for organizational skills, leadership training, and legal, scientific, and technical help to successfully tackle threats to their health and well-being.
The Mission of ANAWA
The ANAWA vision is one of local transformation. However, the ANAWA goal goes far beyond the local, as humanity now faces a worldwide environmental problem.
The world’s most vulnerable people suffer the most as a result of environmental degradation. Droughts, water shortages, and wildfires have been brought on by climate change, and air and water pollution are threatening food supplies and our way of life. It is only via a fundamental reform of our society–from principles focused on profit-first to an approach based on addressing people’s basic needs–that we can solve the global environmental catastrophe.
Long-term solutions emerge from the ground up, with the participation and leadership of the people who are most affected by pollution and environmental degradation. In the United States and around the world, the fight for environmental justice is inextricably linked to the fight for social justice.
ANAWA envisions a society in which production and consumption are based on environmental and social sustainability, and where breathing clean air and drinking clean water in the environment where we live, work, go to school, play, and pray is considered a basic human right, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, culture, ability, nationality, or income.