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One Planet: What’s the path forward for the environmental justice movement?

Susan Melkisethian

On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day by speaking with activists about their long hard fight for environmental justice. We’ll discuss protests against the construction of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline, the proliferation of toxic chemical plants in Louisiana, and the waste and water sanitation infrastructure crisis in rural communities.


Catherine Coleman Flowers, environmental activist, MacArthur genius grant recipient, and author of Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret

Sharon Lavigne, founder of RISE St. James, a faith-based grassroots organization that is fighting for environmental justice as it works to defeat the proliferation of petrochemical industries in St. James Parish, Louisiana

Frank Bibeau, tribal attorney for the White Earth Band of Ojibwe and Honor the Earth, an organization that uses indigenous wisdom, music, art, and the media to raise awareness and support for Indigenous environmental issues

Web Resources:

Inside Climate News: To Stop Line 3 Across Minnesota, an Indigenous Tribe Is Asserting the Legal Rights of Wild Rice

The New York Times: An Alabama Town’s Sewage Woes Test Biden’s Infrastructure Ambitions

MINN Post: The Line 3 replacement has been completed and operating for months. So why are activists still camped out by the construction sites?

The Washington Post: ‘Cancer has decimated our community.’ EPA’s Regan vows to help hard-hit areas, but residents have doubts.

Malihe Razazan is the senior producer of KALW's daily call-in program, Your Call.
Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.