This photo shows members of the Garfield Avenue Chromium Coalition. We successfully sued PPG Industries for exposing our community, which is made up predominantly by people of color, to huge amounts of toxic waste. The children in the photo got together to speak out about the toxic site’s impact on their lives. As part of our victory, PPG is now required to clean up our neighborhood.
Clean Air Ambassador | Jersey City, New Jersey
Robert Harper, Jr.
I am the founder of the Garfield Avenue Chromium Coalition in Jersey City, New Jersey. We are a grassroots environmental group who have worked with the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) to successfully sue PPG Industries in Federal court. This suit was over PPG's 700,000 tons of toxic waste in our largely minority community. In four years, we won the lawsuit in Federal court and now PPG will pay $600M to thoroughly clean up Ward F in Jersey City.
I am a former Peace Corps volunteer and award-winning environmental filmmaker. I am also an alum of Brown University and Harvard University, and in 2005, I received the Berkowitz Award for Outstanding Community Service from Leadership Newark. I have worked in the area of environmental justice for many years, using my camera to document and raise awareness of the many toxic problems that exist in New Jersey. I have successfully collaborated with many "green" organizations such a NJ Enviro Justice, GreenPeace, NRDC, GRACO, the Sierra Club and more and have participated in many enviro panels both at conferences and on television with MSNBC and NBC.
I have worked in the area of environmental justice for many years, using my camera to document and raise awareness of the many toxic problems that exist in New Jersey.
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.