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Clean Air Ambassador | Indianapolis, Indiana

Denise Abdul-Rahman

Clean air and a healthy environment are very important to me and my communities for numerous reasons. I live in Indiana and it has the 2nd largest carbon footprint in our nation and the 8th largest obesity rate.

I have had members of my organization that live in Gary send me photos of the smog in the morning, afternoon, and evening, coming from the nearby steel mills.

I recently gave testimony at the Indiana State General Assembly on behalf of the IN NAACP Environment Climate Justice Program, (ECJP) regarding the Leucadia Corp., which has plans to build a gasification plant in Spencer County, IN. Although I am not too sure how I feel about gasification, it just seems to be another polluter and the bill to build has already been approved. However, another concern is that this plant has a guaranteed agreement that will allow them to increase Hoosiers energy bills. We spoke against the rate increase. The company indicated that if they are not allowed to pass the cost to us, then they will not build.

I live within Indianapolis, IN and to the north of where I live is a gas plant that smells strongly of sulfur dioxide. I am always concerned about my community and family's health as we seem to be breathing toxic pollution everywhere we go. Just south of where I live is a coal-fired power plant. The Indianapolis NAACP chapter and the Hoosier Sierra Club have fought to get the plant to change to clean energy or shut down.

I am a graduate student at IU School of Medicine and Informatics and I am majoring in Health Informatics. I hope to use this knowledge to incorporate environmental informatics and perhaps develop surveys of the various communities all over our state and begin to use this data to validate the need for environmental justice.

I have recently been appointed as the Indiana NAACP ECJP Chair, an opportunity to send information to all of our branches to provide an overview of issues surrounding environmental climate justice concerns. Each NAACP branch will submit documentation of any work they have done around this issue and what their concerns are in their prospective communities so that we can begin to advocate for Indiana communities, particularly those of color and economically disenfranchised. Together, we will thrust an agenda to promote further the fight for clean air and a healthy environment.

I live within Indianapolis, IN and to the north of where I live is a gas plant that smells strongly of sulfur dioxide. I am always concerned about my community and family's health as we seem to be breathing toxic pollution everywhere we go.

50 States United For Healthy Air

Clean air should be a fundamental right. Air pollution causes asthma attacks, lung disease, and even death. But our bodies don't have to be the dumping ground for dirty industries.

The technology to dramatically reduce harmful air pollution is available today, and major polluters should be required to use it.

Clean Air Ambassadors from every state are sending a powerful message: Everyone has a right to breathe clean, healthy air.

It’s time Congress and the EPA used their ears to help our lungs.