Episode 1: “Inaugural Episode! Environmental Justice 101” [March 13, 2018]

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Episode Overview

What is Environmental Justice? Hosts Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. and Mustafa Santiago Ali are joined by three leaders to discuss the history of the movement and what it means for moving our most vulnerable communities from ‘surviving to thriving’. Guests include United States Congressman Donald McEachin (VA-04), the “father of Environmental Justice” Dr. Robert Bullard, and WE ACT for Environmental Justice Director of Federal Policy Dr. Adrienne Hollis in the inaugural episode of Think 100% – The Coolest Show On Climate Change.


Topics Covered
  • Welcome to “Think 100%, Coolest Show on Climate Change”! 
  • Putting Environmental Justice in Perspective
  • Environmental Justice in the 21st Century – are we moving backwards?
  • Resistance and Persistence: Efforts to Address Environmental Justice in Communities and Congress
  • How do we win? Power of the People.


Join the Conversation

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Special Guests

Congressman Donald McEachin represents Virginia’s 4th district, covering much of the area between Richmond and Hampton Roads. As a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Mr. McEachin serves as the Ranking Member of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee and sits on the Subcommittee on Federal Lands. Mr. McEachin also sits on both the Readiness and the Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittees under the House Armed Services Committee. Mr. McEachin is committed to being a progressive champion who leads efforts that will promote equality, curb gun violence, protect our environment, and advocate for military personnel and their family members.

In May 2017, he announced the start of the United for Climate and Environmental Justice Task Force with fellow co-chairs Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07). 

Twitter: @RepMcEachin



Dr. Robert Bullard, often described as the “father of environmental justice,” is the distinguished professor of urban planning and environmental policy in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. He is the author of 18 books that address climate justice, environmental racism, sustainable development, and other topics. Robert has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including from CNN, the American Bar Association, the National Wildlife Federation, the Sierra Club, and others. In 2014, the Sierra Club named its new Environmental Justice Award after him.





Dr. Adrienne Hollis is the Director of Federal Policy at WE ACT for Environmental Justice. Dr. Hollis is an experienced environmental toxicologist as well as an environmental attorney. She has worked with a number of community organizations and has a wealth of experience in community-based participatory research around environmental justice issues.




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