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The fight for life in a Louisiana fossil fuel sacrifice zone

On this edition of Your Call's One Planet Series, we discuss a new report by Human Rights Watch about Louisiana's Cancer Alley.

"We’re Dying Here": The Fight for Life in a Louisiana Fossil Fuel Sacrifice Zone documents how residents of Cancer Alley suffer the effects of extreme pollution from the fossil fuel and petrochemical industry, facing elevated rates and risks of maternal, reproductive, and newborn health harms, cancer, and respiratory ailments.

The report says state and federal authorities have failed to properly regulate the industry, and they have not made information about risks to human health readily available. To uphold their human rights obligations, all governments should rapidly phase out fossil fuels.


Antonia Juhasz, award-winning investigative journalist and senior researcher on fossil fuels at Human Rights Watch

Shamell Lavigne, activist with environmental justice organization Rise St. James

Kaitlyn Joshua, Louisiana Gulf Coast Campaigner at Earthworks


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Malihe Razazan is the senior producer of KALW's daily call-in program, Your Call.