Environmental Justice Champions: Working for Justice in Black and Brown Communities

Monica Sanders
4 min readJun 12, 2024

For some time, I have been focused on the larger climate crisis, topics like critical ocean warming, and other existential-level impacts. Recently, I reflected on the importance of environmental justice as an existential threat to communities like the one from which I came in Southeast Louisiana. Environmental justice is a critical issue facing Black and Brown communities across the United States. These communities often bear the brunt of environmental hazards, from industrial pollution to climate change impacts, while historically being marginalized in decision-making processes. The deliberate under-resourcing of these communities by the government, often in favor of harmful industries, exacerbates their struggles. Highlighting leaders and initiatives that address these disparities is essential for driving meaningful change. One such leader is Ebony Twilley Martin, who is pioneering environmental justice at Greenpeace USA.

Ebony Twilley Martin: Championing Change at Greenpeace USA

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Ebony Twilley Martin for my Forbes.com vertical. She is someone I admire greatly and is at the forefront of the environmental justice movement. As the first Black woman to co-lead Greenpeace USA, Martin brings a unique and vital perspective to the organization’s efforts to combat environmental inequities. Her work focuses on amplifying the voices of marginalized communities and ensuring that their needs and experiences are…

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Monica Sanders

Founder, The Undivide Project (www.theundivideproject.org); Activist-Scholar; Professor@Georgetown; Senior Fellow, Tulane Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy