Environmentalism is a black issue.
In my op-ed for the New York Times today, I write about how African-Americans, particularly Southern black women, have been environmental activists for years. Not only do many of us live in polluted communities, we are impacted by toxic chemicals every day. From housekeeping to hairdressing, we’re exposed to chemicals in our work environments. Black women have also been dealing with poor quality food that is impacted by dangerous pesticides.
“We live in pollution, play around it, work for it and pray against it.”
While we may not be making headlines, but black women are “everyday environmentalists.”
Please read my New York Times story and learn why black women are leaders in the climate movement, and why our communities and our mothers are depending on us.