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Clean Air Ambassador: Richard Mabion

Every American should have access to the information that affects their health and well-being. Everyone deserves that kind of respect.

Every American should have access to the information that affects their health and well-being. Everyone deserves that kind of respect.

I live in a county that has three active coal-fired plants within walking distance to low and moderate-income communities. But I realized that no one in my community was providing everyday people with coal-fired plant information. I decided to become that person—proclaiming myself the people's own personal Green Czar—and I embarked on an independent crusade to create an informed population.

The results of this effort have given my community organizing an environmental twist, and now my goal is to produce an environmentally literate population of both future leaders and voters.

In addition to those three coal-fired power plants, there is an industrial manufacturing district adjacent to the poorest county in Kansas. Residents there have received a warning from the federal government about eating bottom-feeding fish. These are the kind of fish that Black and Hispanic fisherman are catching and taking home to feed to their families. But as it stands now, nobody has been providing them with this information or explaining the government warning.

Low-income residents need the tools to empower themselves and their families. The president, Congress, and EPA officials should help provide those tools by engaging the public in a conversation so people can participate in making their own clean air decisions.
 

Ambassador Group Affiliation: 
Building a Sustainable Earth Community
Ambassador Profession: 
Urban Community Organizer