The environmental and economic justice movement is guided by history and principles. Below are historical documents created at the inception of the environmental justice movement and developed as our movement has adapted to the ongoing struggle for justice.
- Life at the Fenceline: Understanding Cumulative Health Hazards in Environmental Justice Communities - A report and maps that explore several interconnected environmental and health impacts near high-risk chemical facilities in nine EJ communities.
- A Day Late And A Dollar Short Report — A report about toxic chemicals found in dollar store products.
- Who's In Danger Report (English) | Who's In Danger Report (Spanish) — A report that documents the risk of chemical disaster posed to low-income communities and communities of color.
- Jemez Principles — A set of principles developed by members of the environmental justice movement to create common understanding among people from different cultures, politics, and organizations.
- EJ Principles of Working Together — Principles of working together created at the Second People of Color Environmental Summit in 2002.
- EJ Principles — Set of principles created at the First People of Color Environmental Summit in 1991.
- Louisville Charter for Safer Chemicals — A platform for creating safe and healthy environments by designing new, safer chemicals, products, and productions systems that protect people's health and create healthy, sustainable jobs.
- Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change Principles of Climate Justice — A policy platform created by the Environmental Justice Forum on Climate Change calling on Congress to develop policies to combat climate change.
- SWOP Letter to 10 — Southwest Organizing Project Letter to the 10 highest grossing Environmentalist groups in the US, demanding economic justice and resources for the Environmental Justice Movement.
- SNEEJ Letter to EPA — Southwest Network For Environmental and Economic Justice letter to the US Environmental Protection Agency requesting direct engagement with the environmental justice movement.
- Bali Principles of Climate Justice — Climate Justice Principles adopted by networks of the environmental justice movement in the US.
- Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth — Declaration created and adopted at the World Peoples' Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 2010.
- Margarita Declaration on Climate Change — Declaration on Climate Change created and adopted at the PreCOP Social on Margarita Island, Venezuela in 2014.