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Op Ed: Ohio on road to climate disaster

Former Ohio Citizen Action canvasser, Kelsey Hawkins-Johnson

“I spent the summer of 2015 knocking on doors across Cincinnati. As a rising college sophomore, I’d joined a group called Ohio Citizen Action to canvass for my community and the planet.

That year, the Ohio River was the most polluted body of water in the nation. Named for the Seneca term for ‘beautiful river’, the Ohio was then – and remains today – a dumping ground for toxic chemicals.

Also that year, the state was in the middle of a two-year freeze on renewable energy and energy efficiency standards, making Ohio the first state to roll back its clean-energy standards. When I learned that, I felt like I had to do something for my community.”

— Kelsey Hawkins-Johnson, Op-ed The Vindicator

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