Hero of the Week: Dr. Mildred McClain


Dr. Mildred McClain is an environmental justice activist from Savannah, GA and founder and executive director of the Savannah-based Harambee House/Citizens For Environmental Justice. Dr. McClain actively works to include youth in the fight for environmental justice and inspires them to pursue careers fighting for equality–as one of her former students wrote for Earthjustice.

However, this past week, Dr. McClain made headlines for her energetic speech (that many viewed as a sermon) at the 2019 Georgia Climate Conference. “It may seem like I’m an old Baptist preacher, but I’m not,” McClain told the audience at the Emory Conference Center Hotel. She went on to describe the injustice seen in her community and that “Less economically fortunate individuals are more vulnerable because they are less likely to have resources, including something as simple in Hudson Hill, my friend, as air conditioning and well-insulated homes.” Incidentally, issues that were the focal point of the recent  Green New Deal for Public Housing Act.

 

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