Kim Coates is a Louisiana state coordinator for Moms Clean Air Force. In the winter of 2017, she was a wife and mom enjoying life, until she heard of a proposal for a chemical company to locate near her home, on the lake she grew up on. With the help of a group of friends, she worked to bring awareness of the project to other people in her community. She researched the impacts and dangers to the ecosystem along with the waste that would be dumped into the lake and air pollution this operation would bring.
The project was moved away from the area, but she did not stop advocating for the wetlands and the fragile local ecosystem, including by running for elected office. When a large-scale development was proposed to be built on the wetlands, with the potential to further enhance erosion and subsidence of her town’s hurricane buffer, Kim advocated for the protection of the wetlands. Facing the impacts of climate change and extreme weather in Louisiana head on, she is passionate about educating public officials and residents on the importance of protecting our families and our environment for future generations.
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