Baby Wingate: The City of Fort Lauderdale vs. Walter Hinton

(Mickey Hinton walks past a sign warning against contaminated soil in his neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale. Hinton claims toxic waste from a nearby incinerator site gave he and his wife chronic health issues and gave their daughters cancer. (Carline Jean / South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Environmental justice is defined by the Environmental Protection Agency as the “fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” The term was coined in the 1980s. A decade later, the Wingate municipal incinerator in Broward County, FL was added to the EPA’s Superfund National Priorities List. The site was eventually cleaned up, but the citizens in the community were still concerned about the aftermath. When the air quality was tested, it was deemed suitable for living standards. When there was an investigation...

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St. Louis Pastor Works to Enlighten and Bring More Youth Into the Environmental Movement

By Chelsea Blackmon

While researching methods to reduce the cost of electricity for his church, Rev. Rodrick Burton (pastor of New Northside Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, MO) stumbled upon the concept of environmental sustainability. He started by purchasing solar panels for his church, then it was a snowball effect for him. The more he learned, the more he wanted to apply this knowledge to benefit his own community. 

The goals that he has for St. Louis are simple: bring other congregations in, educate young people on the topic as it relates to their own communities, and eventually have a regional conference surrounding all things environmentally conscious.  

Rev. Burton hopes for a future where young people will lead  environmental sustainability efforts. He recognizes that the demographic is concerned about the topic, but he also wishes to show them what they can do in their own communities. According to Rev. Burton, one way to spark interest would be...

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Co-Pastors in St. Louis Lead Environmental Practices By Example

By Chelsea Blackmon

Married pastors Rev. Clinton Stancil and Rev. Christine Stancil are deeply invested in the betterment of their community, starting with Wayman AME Church in St. Louis, MO. The Stancils’ long-term goal is to represent a productive, well-rounded community and they have been strategic in offering solutions to numerous issues facing their congregants and neighbors.

Rev. Clinton Stancil is no stranger to working at the forefront of social justice issues. His voice was frequently heard demanding for justice for Michael Brown in the wake of his murder by a white police officer. This experience is particularly relevant in today’s racially charged climate. 

Environmental racism is another issue impacting the Black community, including in St. Louis. The facts are undeniable, climate and pollution impacts people of color and low income families more than anyone else. There continues to be a need for sustainable...

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Green The Church Louisiana - Pastor Emily Carroll Talks About Her Fight for Environmental Justice

“Whenever you’re in a fight, it’s going to be difficult. Whenever you want justice, it’s going to be difficult.”
 
The glass ceilings that come along with fighting for environmental justice do not faze Rev. Emily Carroll. She serves as the Sr. Pastor of the St. James UMC in Shreveport, LA. She is also the Protestant Religious Education Coordinator at  Barksdale Air Force Base Chapel. In her role at Green The Church (GTC), Rev. Emily has been asked to speak at numerous rallies, workshops, and conferences over the past few years. 
 
Rev. Emily, lives in the countryside, not too far from Shreveport, LA. She notices the effect that fracking (a drilling process that extracts oil or natural gas from underground) has on the community, but recognizes how difficult it would be to address it. Though the fracking has a negative effect on the environment, it has created jobs for the people within the community. The ‘justice’ part of...

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God Says, You Shall Not Pollute

By Jennifer Gibbs, GTC Director of Marketing & Communications

The entire world is on lockdown because of the coronavirus and while I grieve for the loss of friends and with families who have lost loved ones, this lockdown has in one way been a blessing. I am sure you are wondering how, with all the suffering of so many, could this be a blessing? I will explain. 

I am an asthmatic with COPD. I have been living with these conditions ever since I was hospitalized with pneumonia three and a half years ago.  It is most annoying and oftentimes embarrassing to be in a public setting and begin to cough uncontrollably. Those who suffer with asthma or COPD are all too familiar with what I am talking about. But for those who do not, this is my story. 

One of the symptoms of asthma is persistent nagging cough. There are different "triggers" that will cause symptoms to flare up. I mentioned pneumonia, there is also smoking, pollen, and one big "trigger" is AIR POLLUTION. ...

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Green The Church Florida: Rev. Tania Carroll Educates Communities of Color on Environmental Sustainability and Justice

Rev. Tania Carroll’s passion for environmental justice and sustainability come from every aspect of her life. After a 30 year career as a firefighter, Rev. Tania  has witnessed firsthand the effects that both man-made and natural disasters have on communities. As a woman of color, she has also noticed how certain communities tend to be underserved as they attempt to recover from these aforementioned disasters. A Florida native, Rev. Tania hopes that the people around her begin to take hurricane season seriously, considering all of the lasting effects of climate change and its impacts on vulnerable communities. 
 
Carroll has been a  facilitator in Green The Church for several years. Through Greater Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of West Palm Beach, FL (a GTC-affiliated church), she strives to educate the surrounding communities of color on environmental sustainability and justice. Rev. Tania feels a spiritual calling  to not only be an educator but to...

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Green The Church 2019 St. Louis Pre-Summit Trip: Pastor Bruce and Vickie Carroll on Mission to Help Unify Green Leaders in the Community

While visiting St. Louis, MO to prepare for the Green The Church Summit in October, Rev. Bruce Carroll Sr., M. Div. Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA. and First Lady Vickie Carroll, a former school teacher, spent two weeks networking and connecting with the community. While talking with members of the community, they encountered a local business owner with an interesting story to tell. The entrepreneur, a St. Louis native opened a smoothie shop with his family in a more affluent part of town. His daughter started to get sick often, despite the healthy fresh fruit and  vegetable smoothies that he and his wife fed her. After conducting research, he found out that the building that housed the smoothie shop was built over a dump zone, resulting in the water being polluted. Up until that point, that water was always used in smoothies, restrooms and cleaning. The solution to the problem was to move out of the building and, of course, to stop using the water. First...

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