‘My moment’: the activists fighting climate crisis and winning elections

Amid mounting frustration with political leaders, a number of community activists are running for office on climate and environmental justice platforms in local and state elections

The climate crisis is hurting communities across the United States. Hurricanes, heatwaves and torrential downpours are on the rise, and have already exacerbated devastating floods, droughts and wildfires in communities from South Dakota to California, Florida and North Carolina in recent years.

The threat of environmental hazards is also increasing as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rolls back regulations on clean water, toxic coal ash, fossil fuels, air pollutants, pesticides, smog and vehicle emissions.

This was about about my kid’s health, and my health, and I didn’t have the luxury of someone else taking care of that

I started investigating publicly declared financial contributions and found companies directly involved in the project were regular donors to her campaign

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