S3 Ep 42: Petrochemical Series: Ohio River Valley w/ Kathy Ferguson

The majority of petrochemical production in the United States has always taken place on the Gulf Coast. But, with low-priced shale gas from fracking in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, the industry sees the Ohio River Valley as a manufacturing goldmine. Twenty-nine new gas-fired power plants are projected or under construction in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.

Kathy Ferguson is a community organizer in the Ohio River Valley. She sits down with Rev Yearwood to discuss how we can fight against the petrochemical industry in the Midwest.

Land in the Black community continues to be haggled away by politicians and business people who don’t live in these communities but look to profit through petrochemicals production. Petrochemicals contribute to air contamination, water pollution, and land deterioration, while greenhouse gases released also contribute to global climate change. Several studies have shown an increased amount of people with cancer living near these facilities. 

The Coolest Show – brought to you by Hip Hop Caucus Think 100% PODCASTS – drops new episodes every Monday on environmental justice and how we solve the climate crisis. Listen and subscribe here or at TheCoolestShow.com! Follow @Think100Climate and @RevYearwood on Instagram, Twitter, and Instagram.

S3 Ep 41: Petrochemical Series: Texas w/ Iris Gonzalez & Carol Smith

 In Texas, between 2000 and 2016, petrochemical refineries released more than 400 million pounds of pollution into the air. However, in all that time, the Environmental Protection Agency never once consulted the most affected people. The Coolest Show Host Rev Yearwood dives into this issue with two experts from the Coalition for Environment, Equity & Resilience (CEER). Iris Gonzalez is the coalition director at CEER, and Carol Smith serves as its climate ambassador.

Land in the Black community continues to be haggled away by politicians and business people who don’t live in these communities but look to profit through petrochemicals production. Petrochemicals contribute to air contamination, water pollution, and land deterioration, while greenhouse gases released also contribute to global climate change. Several studies have shown an increased amount of people with cancer living near these facilities.

Support CEER: https://ceerhouston.org/

The Coolest Show – brought to you by Hip Hop Caucus Think 100% PODCASTS – drops new episodes every Monday on environmental justice and how we solve the climate crisis. Listen and subscribe here or at TheCoolestShow.com! Follow @Think100Climate and @RevYearwood on Instagram, Twitter, and Instagram.

S3 Ep 40: Petrochemical Series: Louisiana w/ Sharon Lavigne

 In Louisiana, petrochemical factories are built upon the bones of African Americans as communities have been transformed into industrial structures. Sharon Lavigne is the founder of RISE St. James, a faith-based grassroots organization formed to advocate for racial and environmental justice. Lavigne sits down with Rev Yearwood to discuss how we can fight to end the destruction of the petrochemical industry in Louisiana’s Cancer Alley.

Land in the Black community continues to be haggled away by politicians and business people who don’t live in these communities but look to profit through petrochemicals production. Petrochemicals contribute to air contamination, water pollution, and land deterioration, while greenhouse gases released also contribute to global climate change. Several studies have shown an increased amount of people with cancer living near these facilities.

Support RISE St. James: https://www.stopformosa.org/ 

The Coolest Show – brought to you by Hip Hop Caucus Think 100% PODCASTS – drops new episodes every Monday on environmental justice and how we solve the climate crisis. Listen and subscribe here or at TheCoolestShow.com! Follow @Think100Climate and @RevYearwood on Instagram, Twitter, and Instagram.

S3 Ep 39: In Who We Trust w/ Dr. Beverly Wright & Dr. Robert Bullard

Cancer Alley, the eighty-five-mile stretch located in the southern state of Louisiana along the lower Mississippi River where enslaved Africans were forced to labor, serves as an industrial hub, with nearly 150 oil refineries, plastics plants, and chemical facilities.  Over 100,000 people live in this area who have likely suffered long-term exposure to cancer-causing chemicals. With the expensive cost of cancer treatment and the density of low-income residents, developing cancer is essentially a death sentence. 

Rev Yearwood speaks with environmental and climate justice experts Dr. Beverly Wright & Dr. Robert Bullard about federal environmental regulations failing to protect people, the history of “Cancer Alley,” and the unjust transition in Louisiana.

The Coolest Show – brought to you by Hip Hop Caucus Think 100% PODCASTS – drops new episodes every Monday on environmental justice and how we solve the climate crisis. Listen and subscribe here or at TheCoolestShow.com! Follow @Think100Climate and @RevYearwood on Instagram, Twitter, and Instagram.

S3 Ep 38: Lead in my Cup w/ Jeremy Orr

For too long, people with political capital have known about water contamination and lead exposure and did nothing to fix these issues for communities of color. In many cases, elected officials made decisions to keep lead pipes in the ground for Black and Brown communities while acting swiftly to provide clean water to white communities.

Jeremy Orr is a senior attorney at Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), focusing on drinking water and source water protection issues, and working to ensure that everyone has access to safe, sufficient, and affordable drinking water. He sits down with Rev Yearwood to break down the impact of lead exposure and how we can organize locally to fight for environmental justice.

The Coolest Show – brought to you by Hip Hop Caucus Think 100% PODCASTS – drops new episodes every Monday on environmental justice and how we solve the climate crisis.

S3 Ep 37: Uproot the System w/ Corrine Van Hook-Turner & Dontay Wimberly

Rev Yearwood speaks with Corrine Van Hook-Turner, Director of Climate Innovation at Movement Strategy Center and Dontay Wimberly, an artist in their Young Black Climate Leaders program. The Young Black Climate Leaders program amplifies young leaders and their objectives while also providing resources to succeed while asking the questions: What does climate mean? How is it correlated to other things such as our culture, our liberation, and our history? 

Support YBCL: https://movementstrategy.org/climate-innovation/

The Coolest Show – brought to you by Hip Hop Caucus Think 100% PODCASTS – drops new episodes every Monday on environmental justice and how we solve the climate crisis. Listen and subscribe here or at TheCoolestShow.com! Follow @Think100Climate and @RevYearwood on Instagram, Twitter, and Instagram.

S3 Ep 36: The Definitive Decade w/ Christiana Figueres

The Global South is paying the price of the climate crisis caused by the Global North. This pattern of environmental injustice has repeated itself for decades. As we usher in a new decade, it must be the Global South and frontline communities that lead on solutions for the climate crisis. To kick off Climate Week NYC 2021, The Coolest Show Host Rev Yearwood sits down with Christiana Figueres, a globally recognized leader on climate action, to discuss how we can take actions to go from positions of disenfranchisement to positions of power.

Christiana Figueres is the founding partner of Global Optimism and former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. She also steered the global diplomatic effort that culminated in the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Support Global Optimism today: http://www.globaloptimism.com/

The Coolest Show – brought to you by Hip Hop Caucus Think 100% PODCASTS – drops new episodes every Monday on environmental justice and how we solve the climate crisis. Listen and subscribe here or at TheCoolestShow.com! Follow @Think100Climate and @RevYearwood on Instagram, Twitter, and Instagram.

S3 Ep 35: CBC Series: Bonds From Change w/ Donna Edwards

 In honor of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Foundation’s 50th year of servitude to the Black community, we interviewed 5 of its representatives, four of whom are currently serving districts across the United States. 

“I’m hopeful because I do think that we have a resilient system and the mechanisms in place to push back on people who are challenging democracy. But it also requires an engaged citizenry.”

Former Congresswoman Donna Edwards speaks with Rev Yearwood in the conclusion of the “CBC Series” about climate infrastructure, enacting policy that will reshape lives, philanthropy, and finding organizations to fund.

The Coolest Show – brought to you by Hip Hop Caucus Think 100% PODCASTS – drops new episodes every Monday on environmental justice and how we solve the climate crisis. Listen and subscribe here or at TheCoolestShow.com! Follow @Think100Climate and @RevYearwood on Instagram, Twitter, and Instagram.

S3 Ep 34: CBC Series: Declaration of Faith w/ Rep. Hank Johnson

 In honor of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Foundation’s 50th year of servitude to the Black community, we interviewed 5 of its representatives, four of whom are currently serving districts across the United States. 

Congressman Henry “Hank” Johnson shares how actively engaging in political movements is a declaration of faith.

“But really, our work and our family, everything off, everything that we do is a matter of faith, is an extension of our faith. Faith permeates all of our actions…”

Rep. Johnson is a U.S. Representative from Georgia’s 4th Congressional District that joins Rev Yearwood to share how voting impacts from the past have shaped our present and what we must do in the now for a better, equitable future. 

The Coolest Show – brought to you by Hip Hop Caucus Think 100% PODCASTS – drops new episodes every Monday on environmental justice and how we solve the climate crisis. Listen and subscribe here or at TheCoolestShow.com! Follow @Think100Climate and @RevYearwood on Instagram, Twitter, and Instagram.

S3 Ep 33: CBC Series: Sisterhood Strengthening Society w/ Rep. Yvette Clarke

 In honor of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Foundation’s 50th year of servitude to the Black community, we interviewed 5 of its representatives, four of whom are currently serving districts across the United States. 

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke from New York’s 9th Congressional District joins Rev Yearwood and inspires the next generation as she speaks to young Black women. “We do our part in lifting up and lifting up not only our community, but by extension, all of humanity, because we have been treated with the lack of respect for our dignity as human beings. So let’s stay in the struggle sis. Let’s show that we are human beings with dignity and we are powerful and awesome, because when we make up our mind, we make things happen. And I’m excited to be a part of the sisterhood that’s making things happen.” 

The Coolest Show – brought to you by Hip Hop Caucus Think 100% PODCASTS – drops new episodes every Monday on environmental justice and how we solve the climate crisis. Listen and subscribe here or at TheCoolestShow.com! Follow @Think100Climate and @RevYearwood on Instagram, Twitter, and Instagram.