As a young woman growing up in Trenton New Jersey, Peggy Shepard dream job was to be an editor at a magazine in New York. While her path ultimately lead her to Manhattan, her ultimate dream job ended up by her becoming one of the most distinguished and highly respected environmental advocates in The United States today.
In this episode of MHP, Peggy shares her journey and how she came to co-found The West Harlem Environmental Action, and environmental justice movement. She shares some startling statistics on the cumulative effects of pollution on a community, and explains why only .5% of all environmental funding goes into environmental justice. Peggy describes what a healthy community should look like, the critical importance of the younger generations involvement in environmental justice.
Peggy Shepard is the co-founder of WEACT, and one of the most important environmental justice advocates. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Heinz award for the Environment and The Rachel Carson award from Audubon. She is the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Smith college and the Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Leadership.
You can find out more about this remarkable woman and WE act at www.weact.org
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