Environmental Justice / Ohio Citizen Action

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

Carla Walker, Ohio Citizen Action board member

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 environment and climate justice battlefield for decades. We are seeing the same fight, but it is gaining new attention due in part to the President’s environmental regulatory rollback strategy. While this is bringing new allies to the table it requires us to take control of the narrative that speaks to our communities at the local, state, and national levels.

We can start by expanding our agency around EJ matters and recognize that environmental issues are not necessarily a priority when we are managing other critical issues in our communities. Our energies are simultaneously fighting for meaningful employment, better education, access to better health services, and criminal justice to name a few. Our challenge to fight for clean air becomes that much more difficult when our communities are living from crisis to crisis. But environmental issues should not be seen as separate from what we are already dealing with daily. For example, discussions about jobs and unemployment should not exclude the green industry sector. Ohio is one of the top 10 states for solar job growth and Cincinnati is the top city in the Midwest for growth in this sector. We need to make sure conversations around jobs and employment include how to bring new opportunities like solar installation and green technology to those looking for work.”

— opinion piece in the Cincinnati Herald by Carla Walker, Ohio Citizen Action board member

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