Environmental Justice

Bowling Green State University students create a short film inspired by OCA’s work
Environmental Justice / Ohio Citizen Action / Ohio Consumers Power Alliance / Ohio's Clean Energy Future / Volunteer

Bowling Green State University students create a short film inspired by OCA’s work

Professor Bonnie Mitchell of Bowling Green State University is a long-time member of Ohio Citizen Action. In the beginning of 2019, she responded to one of our emails that was a general update, offering to conduct a public awareness project for OCA with her students. So two of our organizers, […]

Photograph by Brandon Thibodeaux
Environmental Justice / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

They grew up around fossil fuels. Now, their jobs are in renewables.

CLAWSON, UTAH — “Levi Kudrna was barely into his teens when the North Dakota oil boom started. He grew up in a farming family and loved that life. What oil did to his state, his community, the local way of life, troubled him. He recognizes that the money has been […]

2018 year-in-review
Call to Action / Environmental Justice / Ohio Citizen Action

2018 year-in-review

CLEVELAND — “In 2018, Ohio Citizen Action was faced with many challenges, but turned them into progress. During the year, our field canvassers knocked on 104,337 doors, spoke to 57,252 people, collected 18,872 petition signatures and accepted 9,839 contributions. Our phone canvassers followed up with members in 12,673 conversations, collected 2,978 […]

Carla Walker, Ohio Citizen Action board member
Environmental Justice / Ohio Citizen Action

Our people, our planet: T’Challa and Wakanda are green examples to follow

CINCINNATI — “The good news is that we don’t have to wait for a vibranium wrapped brother to help us out. We can, however, follow his lead. Environmental justice is not a not new issue nor is it a new term. Communities of color have been on the frontline of the […]

Ohio town, solid for Trump, now frets over EPA slowdown
Air Quality / Environmental Justice / EPA / Good Neighbor Campaigns

Ohio town, solid for Trump, now frets over EPA slowdown

EAST LIVERPOOL — “In Ohio, a change in state law that was tucked into a budget bill this year cut funding for an inspector in East Liverpool, even as Ohio authorities found continued evidence of air pollution violations at the Heritage Thermal incinerator, according to state records obtained by The Times. […]

Toxic exposure may cost the world 10% of GDP: Study
Air Quality / Environmental Justice

Toxic exposure may cost the world 10% of GDP: Study

Current calculations woefully underestimate how much pollution costs countries, says researchers BOZEMAN, MT – “The study, published today in the journal Environmental Health, finds that current calculations of harmful exposures underestimate the total costs to society by leaving out certain health impacts and only focusing on a fraction of the […]

Trump’s pick for EPA Safety Chief argued kids are less sensitive to toxins
Environmental Justice / EPA

Trump’s pick for EPA Safety Chief argued kids are less sensitive to toxins

NEW YORK, NY — “Michael Dourson, the toxicologist who will be the subject of a confirmation hearing on Wednesday for what many consider the second most powerful post at the Environmental Protection Agency, has been hired by industry to consult on at least 30 of the chemicals he may be […]

Women of childbearing age around world suffering toxic levels of mercury
Environmental Justice

Women of childbearing age around world suffering toxic levels of mercury

Study finds excessive levels of the metal, which can seriously harm unborn children, in women from Alaska to Indonesia, due to gold mining, industrial pollution, and fish-rich diets NEW YORK, NY — “Women of childbearing age from around the world have been found to have high levels of mercury, a […]

A legacy of environmental racism
Environmental Justice / Right-to-Know

A legacy of environmental racism

Exxon Mobil is still pumping toxins into black community in Texas 17 years after civil rights complaint BEAUMONT, TX — “People who can afford to live elsewhere tend to leave the neighborhood. A family who lived next door to Gaines recently left because they feared the pollution was the reason […]

100,000 pages of chemical industry secrets gathered dust in an Oregon barn for decades — until now
Environmental Justice / Right-to-Know

100,000 pages of chemical industry secrets gathered dust in an Oregon barn for decades — until now

NEW YORK CITY, NY — “For decades, some of the dirtiest, darkest secrets of the chemical industry have been kept in Carol Van Strum’s barn. Creaky, damp, and prowled by the occasional black bear, the listing, 80-year-old structure in rural Oregon housed more than 100,000 pages of documents obtained through […]