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Catherine Flowers and her fight for environmental justice in Alabama February 22, 2021

In parts of the American south, many homes don’t have access to working waste treatment – something activist Catherine Flowers is fighting to change  How to listen to podcasts: everything you need to know Presented by Rachel Humphreys with Catherine Flowers; produced by Joshan Chana, Rhi Storer, and Pulama Kaufman; executive producers Nicole… Read more

The Stench of American Neglect February 8, 2021

by Caroline Fraser for The New York Review In her new book, the activist Catherine Coleman Flowers chronicles her efforts to expose criminally deficient sanitation in her home county of Lowndes, Alabama and around the US. February 25, 2021 issue In 1941 Walker Evans, a photographer, and James Agee, a… Read more

Bridging the rural divide February 7, 2021

OPINION | ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT – THE HILL Catherine Coleman Flowers   The deep divide between rural and urban communities is a polarization that has been exemplified by coronavirus, climate change and economic despair. It is estimated that approximately 60 million people live in rural America. Most of the landmass of the… Read more

‘Big Tent’ Environmental Justice Plan Looks Past Racial Divides February 6, 2021

Environment and Energy Report, Feb. 5, 2021, Bloomberg Law reporting by Dean Scott and Stephen Lee in Washington, Editor: Rebecca Baker   Environmental justice advocates are looking to link communities of color with experience fighting industrial polluters and landfills with polluted communities in Appalachia—a “big tent,” strength-in-numbers approach they say… Read more

Catherine Flowers among “Women who are changing Alabama for the better” February 5, 2021

Thursday, February 4th, 2021, www.ThisisAlabama.org By Amber Sutton For the past six years, Women Who Shape the State has honored women from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, including politics, enterprise, social work and more, with one thing in common — a positive impact on Alabama. Whether it’s by advocating for… Read more

How to Fix the Climate January 25, 2021

Catherine Coleman Flowers offers a response to the Boston Review Forum on ‘How to Fix the Climate’. “The people least responsible for climate change are the most impacted. We must prioritize exposed, fence-line, frontline, and vulnerable communities.” Living in Alabama, a state bordered by the Gulf Coast, it is hard… Read more

Faith and Climate Crisis in the Biden Administration January 25, 2021

In a Video Recorded for FÉ NO CLIMA, Center for Earth Ethics director Karenna Gore comments on the approximation between Faith and the Climate Crisis in the Biden Administration. The founder and director of the Center for Earth Ethics at the Union’s Theological Seminary in New York, Karenna Gore, believes that the… Read more

Battling America’s ‘dirty secret’ January 7, 2021

Climate change raises the risk from failing sewage systems. So Catherine Coleman Flowers is working for a new way to deal with waste. Originally published DECEMBER 17, 2020 by Sarah Kaplan for the Washington Post – Climate Solutions. LOWNDES COUNTY, Ala. — To Catherine Coleman Flowers, this is “holy ground”: the… Read more

Faith groups have a key role to play in reducing climate-linked violence December 20, 2020

Originally published December 18th by Brian Lowe for Earthbeat: a project of National Catholic Reporter at NCR Online. *** By now it’s well understood that climate change leads to rising seas and rising temperatures. It is also increasingly linked to rising conflicts. In 2014, the Pentagon issued a major report that referred… Read more

NY Times Book Review of ‘Waste’ November 23, 2020

Excerpt from The New York Times online. Originally published Nov 17, 2020. Read the complete review here. ———————————— Flowers brings an invigorating sense of purpose to the page. “Waste” is written with warmth, grace and clarity. Its straightforward faith in the possibility of building a better world, from the ground… Read more

Catherine Coleman Flowers, NY Times Opinion November 16, 2020

Mold, Possums and Pools of Sewage: No One Should Have to Live Like This Before she died of Covid-19, Pamela Rush opened her home to show the world what poverty looks like. Originally Published Nov. 14, 2020 Ms. Flowers is the author of the forthcoming “Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against… Read more

Sewage is still ‘America’s dirty secret’ – Catherine Flowers is fighting to change that -The Verge November 16, 2020

By Justine [email protected]  Nov 13, 2020, 4:26pm EST The Verge Doctors couldn’t diagnose the rash spreading across Catherine Flowers’ legs and body. But the activist thought it had to do with the day she wore a dress during a visit to a family whose yard featured “a hole in the ground… Read more

Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret out November 17th November 5, 2020

November 17, 2020 – Official Release Date Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret by Catherine Coleman Flowers With a foreword by Bryan Stevenson Where to Purchase About The MacArthur grant–winning “Erin Brockovich of Sewage” tells the riveting story of the environmental justice movement that is firing up rural America,… Read more

World Bank invested over $10.5 billion in fossil fuels since Paris Agreement November 4, 2020

Big Shift Global – Research Papers Calling for an end to public financing of fossil fuels and a shift to investing in sustainable, renewable energy to provide energy access for all World Bank provides assistance and finance for fossils despite climate pledge Energy transition too slow to avert climate crisis… Read more

MacArthur ‘Genius’ Brings National Attention To Local Fight Against Sewage Failures November 4, 2020

As heard on Morning Edition and originally published by NPR October 21, 2020 Heard on Morning Edition EMMA BOWMAN If Catherine Flowers ever received a calling to take on a career in environmental activism, it likely came in the form of mosquito bites. In 2009, Flowers was doing economic development work… Read more

What’s at stake in the U.S. election: Catherine Flowers for The Globe and Mail November 3, 2020

What’s at stake in the U.S. election: The Globe and Mail has asked a group of writers to offer their opinions. Scroll to the bottom for links to the full series. Most of the historic 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights march went through rural Lowndes County, Ala. The area… Read more