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Environmental Justice
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Working at the intersection of social inequity and the ecological crisis.

Low-income communities and communities of color are not only the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, they are also more likely to live near toxic sites that release pollution into local air, water and soil that harm human and environmental health. CEE helps to connect our civic discourse to frontline communities and ensure that they lead the way in raising public consciousness and creating change.

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Meet Catherine Flowers

Catherine is CEE’s Environmental Justice & Civic Engagement Fellow and founder of the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise Community Development Corporation (ACRE).
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From the blog

Climate Equity and Inclusion

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

Catherine Flowers recognized among Black Climate Scientists & Scholars “Changing the World”

Excerpts from “The Black Climate Scientists and Scholars Changing the World” by SOPHIE HIRSH. Read the Full Article on Green Matters. Environmentalism is intersectional — to effectively protect our planet and fight the climate crisis, we must also fight for the rights of marginalized groups around the world, especially those… Read more

Catherine Coleman Flowers appointed to ‘Unity’ Task Force on Climate Change

Moved by a visit to Lowndes County, Alabama, Bernie Sanders has appointed Catherine Coleman Flowers, Founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice (CREEJ) and CEE Fellow on Environmental Justice and Civic Engagement to the ‘Unity’ Task Force on Climate Change. Flowers has been shining a spotlight for… Read more

Alabama Voices: Two million Americans are in a water crisis; some of them are your neighbors

Catherine Flowers and George McGraw – Special to the Advertiser Originally Published 9:00 AM EST Nov 22, 2019 to the Montgomery Advertiser Scenes from Lowndes County, where only 20 percent of homes are connected to sewer systems. In the Black Belt running through Alabama and Mississippi, the dark, clay soil that… Read more