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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

NY Times Book Review of ‘Waste’

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

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

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 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

MacArthur ‘Genius’ Brings National Attention To Local Fight Against Sewage Failures

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

Catherine Flowers among those participating in “Your Vote, Your World” on October 24th

  What’s at stake in the 2020 election? EVERYTHING.   With just 10 days to go before the most important election in generations, Your Vote, Your World brings together activists, artists, musicians, and cultural icons for a LIVE digital rally to explore what’s at stake and how we will make our voices… Read more

Climate Activism – Catherine Flowers, Rev. Yearwood, Varshini Prakash & Mustafa Ali

Introducing the Bloomberg Green Festival September 14 – 18, 2020 The Bloomberg Green Festival 2020 was a 5-day immersive experience featuring global voices and proprietary insight. The Bloomberg Green Festival was organized to be a true thought leadership experience operating at the crossroads of sustainability, design, culture, food, technology, science,… Read more

Why Climate Change is an Environmental Justice Issue

BY RENEE CHO |Originally published SEPTEMBER 22, 2020 for State of the Planet – The Earth Institute’s blog at Columbia University   September 21-27 is Climate Week in New York City. Join us for a series of online events and blog posts covering the climate crisis and pointing us towards action.   While… Read more

What Can You Do to Fight the Climate Crisis?

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

Born Country but Raised an Activist: Catherine Coleman Flowers of the Biden Climate Task Force

Catherine Coleman Flowers Uncovers “America’s Dirty Secret” n “Bloody Lowndes,” Alabama 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… Read more