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The Climate Pod

Dec 2, 2020

Catherine Coleman Flowers is the author of "Waste: One Woman's Fight Against America's Dirty Secret" and the founder and current director of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice. Since 2008, Catherine has been the rural development manager at the Race and Poverty Initiative of the Equal Justice Initiative. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Climate Reality Project, and as a Senior Fellow for the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary.

This week, she joins the show to talk about her career as an environmental justice advocate and her fight against sanitation inequality and the devastating impacts caused by the inability to provide affordable means to properly dispose of waste. We discuss the widespread and harmful problem of wastewater, how it stems from structural racism and class inequality, why it's been a long overlooked issue, and how to address the problem.  

Co-hosts Ty Benefiel and Brock Benefiel also discuss 2020's historically active Atlantic hurricane season.

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Further Reading:

The 2020 Hurricane Season in Rewind