IDEAL (Inclusion and Development of Environment Allies and Leaders) was created with a goal of building relationships with community leaders and citizens from underrepresented communities to mobilize around environmental justice issues such as housing quality, health, energy insecurity and pollution.
In addition, IDEAL seeks to bring awareness to the health and financial impacts of environmental justice issues. The relationships between poor environment quality and health problems, such as asthma, obesity, heart disease and cancers that disproportionately impact traditionally marginalized communities are strong. Improving our environments can help prevent health problems, improve quality of life and save money for many families.
Through IDEAL, WMEAC is working to build a community of powerful voices of traditionally marginalized people to protect the future of their communities. WMEAC will be guided in our priorities and actions by these individuals and organizations so that together, we can restore wellness and opportunity to the many families who are negatively impacted by environmental injustices.