The term “environmental racism” may be unfamiliar to many, but its meaning is fairly literal. It refers to the discrimination minorities face when they are subjected to toxic levels of pollution, often because factories or waste sites are placed near their communities.
Ellen Page brings attention to these injustices in her home province of Nova Scotia in this urgent documentary about women fighting to protect their communities, their land, and their futures.
Page travels to rural areas of the province that are plagued by toxic fallout from industrial development, discovering that these catastrophes have been precisely placed, all in remote, low income — and very often Indigenous or Black — communities. As the filmmakers observe, your postal code determines your health.
Ellen Page, Ian Daniel