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The photo I’m holding is of some of the people who attended a recent Creation Care Leadership Workshop I conducted with a colleague in a very conservative part of the state of Indiana. They represent around eight different faith communities and are playing an important role in Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light's plan to "knit up" the state for action around climate change. I am all about waking the sleeping giant of faith for Earthjustice!

Clean Air Ambassador | Indianapolis, Indiana

T. Wyatt Watkins

I am the pastor of an American Baptist / Alliance of Baptists congregation on the east side of Indianapolis, and board chair for educational programming with Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light, an organization working nationwide on a comprehensive and practical faith response to climate change. I conduct Creation Care Leadership Workshops around the state of Indiana, facilitating congregations to "go green" and helping faith communities affiliate with our work to bring energy reduction to scale and create a faith movement in Indiana that will make legislators stand up and take notice.

I also have worked in conjunction with Sierra Club on the Beyond Coal Campaign to challenge IPALCO to retire aging coal plants in Indiana. My concern transcends my primary work of combating global warming. I live in downtown urban Indianapolis in the path of the toxins emanating from a coal plant we are endeavoring to close, and not far from the White River, which skirts the coal ash ponds, a byproduct of the plant.

Additionally, I am a professional violinist who has recently discovered Irish Celtic music and performs as a means to highlight the natural and irreplaceable beauty and worth of the earth's landscapes, captured magnificently in the Irish pallet of reels, gigs, waltzes and the like.

I am spurred on in my commitments by a faith conviction of the earth's intrinsic worth, the needs of the most vulnerable who suffer first and most as climate changes, the health of the planet I will bequeath my own children, and my own love of nature, camping, backpacking and gardening.

I am spurred on in my commitments by a faith conviction of the earth's intrinsic worth, the needs of the most vulnerable who suffer first and most as climate changes, the health of the planet I will bequeath my own children, and my own love of nature, camping, backpacking and gardening.

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.