4 Black Environmentalist Protection Heroes You Should Know

4 Black Environmentalist Protection Heroes You Should Know

June 5, 2021 0

Global climate change has already had significant effects on the environment. Glaciers have reduced, sea levels are progressively rising, global temperatures are increasing, bush fires are now and then experienced in California. Effects that environmental specialists projected in the past would result from climate change are currently taking place. As a result, the world is preparing for the World Environment Day on June 5th and World’s Ocean day on June 8th to introduce improved strategies to creating a safer world for all. The theme of this year’s World Ocean Day is “The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods”, as well as a pronouncement of intentions that initiates a decade of trying to attain the Sustainable Development Goal 14, “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources, by 2030.” In addition to reducing the effects of global climate change, various environmentalists worldwide have played a crucial role in conserving the environment. These environmentalists include: 

Petrice Jones

Petrice Jones is not only the super-talented star of one of the most loved shows, “Locke & Key” — he is also an environmental activist. The British star is the founder and CEO of The One Movement, a social enterprise aiming to inform, empower, and help individuals protect the planet from harm. The movement primarily focuses on ocean protection by informing people on how to reduce plastic waste. This focus is attained through the use of plastic waste to build houses that can solve the problems of homeless individuals. 

Petrice Jones has also participated in the mobilization of people from all corners of the globe to create daily habits that improve the condition of our planet. The environmentalist also places a lot of importance on environmental justice, which is the “intersection of both social justice and environmentalism, where the inequity in environmental degradation is also considered.” Studies have shown that minority and low-income communities rarely have access to clean air, water and natural space. In the process of protecting the planet, Petrice Jones protects the minority and low-income communities. He helps them understand that their voice and actions can make a difference, no matter how small. 

Robert D. Bullard

Robert D. Bullard, who is considered the “father of environmental justice”, is one of the prominent people who have immensely contributed to keeping the world healthy. Currently, he is the Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy, a profession that connects with his aim of protecting the minority and the low-income communities from the effects of pollution.This aim is achieved by proposing environmental policies and programs that ensure equality when dealing with the impacts of climate change and environmental protection. 

As an African American, Bullard understands that people of colour and low-income individuals have tolerated greater ecological and health risks than other communities in the United States. Hardly a day passes without the media covering a story on a community of colour fighting the ecological threat. This has made him fight for a country where all people are eligible to equal environmental protection irrespective of their complexion, race or economic status. 

Bullard understands the importance of information and empowerment, and this has driven him to develop numerous publications on environmental justice, human rights, sustainable development and environmental racism. Some of these publications include “Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality, Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal WorldThe Quest for Environmental Justice: Human Rights and the Politics of Pollution. His fight on equal environmental protection for all and his publications have hugely contributed in keeping the world healthy.” 

Michael Regan – U.S. EPA Administrator

Michael Regan, the administer for the United States Environment Protection Agency, is among the few environmentalists who have continuously fought for clean air and environmental justice. Regan has for more than 20 years operated as an environmental advocate and, in the process, has reflected a commendable commitment to the issue of environmental justice. 

For the last few years before joining U.S. EPA, Regan has been operating as a top environmental official in North Carolina. One of his admirable achievements in North Carolina is the facilitation of the biggest coal ash clean-up dumped by Duke Energy in an open place near residential neighbourhoods. The coal ash was directed to lined landfills where it could not infiltrate into groundwater.

 In August 2018, Regan recorded another victory after getting Chemours to introduce stronger strategies preventing PFAs chemical contaminating Cape Fear River. This chemical stays for a long time in the environment and human body and is connected to diseases like cancer, liver issues, and thyroid problems. These, among other achievements and contributions in environmental protection, have played a crucial role in keeping the world healthy. His role in fighting for environmental justice cannot be forgotten, especially by the minority and low-income communities. As a US EPA administrator, Regan continues to express his commitment and love for environmental justice and clean air. 

Warren M. Washington 

Warren M. Washington is an honourable expert on atmospheric science and environmental study. For an extended period, Washington has made admirable efforts in making the world healthy through climate change studies and developing strategies to reduce environmental pollution. In the process, he has published approximately 200 pieces of literature in the form of journals and has offered his advisory services to U.S. former presidents like Regan, Bush and Clinton on climate science matters. 

He has also contributed to developing computer models helping scientists predict future states of the atmosphere to understand climate change better. Finally, he has mentored dozens of students at both graduate and undergraduate levels to become eco-warriors and Atmospheric researchers. These achievements and contributions have contributed to making the world a better place for many, especially Americans. 

In conclusion, global climate change has already had significant effects on the environment. However, some individuals have sacrificed their time and energy to fight for environmental protection to reduce the various impacts of climate change. These warriors have demonstrated admirable commitment and passion for protecting the planet against ecological harm. Therefore, as the world prepares for World Environment Day on June 5th and World’s Ocean Day on June 8th, let’s continue to celebrate these heroes and the the ones who are coming after them.

BMI Staff
BMI Staff