Catherine Coleman Flowers
Senior Fellow, Environmental Justice & Civic Engagement
Catherine Coleman Flowers is the founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice (CREEJ) which seeks the implementation of best practices to address the reduction of health and economic disparities, improve access to clean air, water, and soil in marginalized rural communities by influencing policy, inspiring innovation, catalyzing relevant research, and amplifying the voices of community leaders. This is done within the context of climate change and through the lens of environmental justice.
A member of the Board of Directors for the Climate Reality Project, she is employed as the Rural Development Manager for the Equal Justice Initiative and serves as a Senior Fellow for the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary. Her goal is to find solutions to raw sewage that exist in rural communities throughout the United States. Catherine is also an internationally recognized advocate for the human right to water and sanitation and works to make the UN Sustainable Development Agenda accountable to front-line communities. Her journey is chronicled in her book entitled Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret, which will be published by the New Press this fall.
HBO’s VICE News Reporting: Catherine Advocates For Alabama Residents Exposed To Hookworm.
Ms. Catherine Flowers, Rural Development Manager, Delivers Testimony on #InvestingInWater. As Rural Development Manager for the Equal Justice Initiative, Catherine delivers a testimony on investing in water.
The Accidental Environmentalist: Catherine Flowers: A mosquito bite decades ago leads Catherine Coleman Flowers on her life’s journey. A day in the life of an environmental justice activist to solve problems at the intersection of poverty, climate change, and politics from the Alabama Black Belt to Washington, D.C.
America Will Be – Uniting a Movement: Kairos Center & the Poor People’s Campaign document the people coming together for clean water & to eradicate poverty, from Standing Rock and beyond.
From the Blog
With 60 Days to Save the Earth… Catherine Flowers among experts interviewed for the Guardian. Individual acts alone won’t stop the climate crisis, but there are things we can do. We asked experts what they do in their daily lives to make a difference. Valerie Yurk in Washington, Published: Wed… Read more
By Sienna Zuco for Global Climate Pledge “Because I’m country!” Said Catherine Coleman Flowers when asked why she was passionate about working for rural communities as an environmental justice advocate. Growing up in the “Black Belt” region of Alabama, which is known for its rich dark soil, Flowers fell in love… Read more
In Alabama, doctors and nurses are seeing record numbers of hospitalizations associated with COVID-19. The state has reported more than 1,300 deaths since the pandemic began. But certain regions and populations within the state are faring far worse than others — and huge health disparities among Black residents are causing… Read more
by Catherine Flowers Published June 22nd 2020 on World War Zero When people think about climate change and environmentalism, the image that comes to mind is a polar bear on a melting block of ice. However, that image neglects to include people, especially living in communities that are suffering from lack of… Read more