Green For All: Bringing Big Change to Communities of Color

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  • There’s a movement going on, one that will literally change the world for the better. And Green For All, a nationwide organization whose mission is to improve the lives of all Americans through building a clean energy economy, is a leader in this effort.

    A clean energy economy boasts many benefits including energy independence and reducing pollution. But possibly the most important benefit is job creation. Green For All’s main goal is to create good quality jobs that not only provide a paycheck but security to lift needy Americans out of poverty.

    CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins has a special connection to the issue of environmental pollution. Born in San Francisco, she moved to a community in California that was one house away from the Chevron refinery and within 30 miles of several other factories. Boiling water to remove oil deposits was the norm for her and her family and she struggled with asthma. But moving wasn’t an option for them, which was common among the families in that community. Staying there meant having a job, but it also meant struggling with extremely poor air quality.

    “If you were poor, black or brown, you only had a choice between health and the environment or health and a job,” says Ellis-Lamkins. Her experience led her to advocate for workers’ rights. She later realized that the main issue at hand was economic.

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