"Environmental Justice is defined as the search for a just solution to the disproportionate burdens of environmental degradation borne by the poor and people of color. For example, this would include urban revitalization efforts like brownfields and the protection of low-income neighborhoods from toxic hazards." (U.S. Catholic Bishops, Environmental Justice Public Policy Framework)
The Environmental Justice Program (EJP) seeks to educate and motivate Catholics to a deeper reverence and respect for God's creation, and to engage parishes and dioceses in activities aimed at dealing with environmental problems, particularly as they affect the poor. EJP acts as a resource for Catholic dioceses and state Catholic conferences, and through them Catholic parishes.