Olinka Green knows exactly what environmental racism looks like. At the age of just 15, she saw a local smelter releasing toxic chemicals into the predominantly lower-income and minority neighborhoods of West Dallas. So she decided to do something and became an activist helping families get tested for lead poisoning.
Decades later and an adult, Green continues to fight for environmental justice. In 2019, she attended the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training in Atlanta with the Poor People’s Campaign and has worked closely with the Dallas Fort Worth Chapter to organize an Ecological Devastation Tour in South Dallas to raise awareness of how the climate crisis is impacting low-income families and communities of color. She continues to work with Climate Reality and the Poor People’s Campaign to highlight what the crisis means for these communities and push for climate justice for all.