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waterloop #21: La'Meshia Whittington-Kaminski on Delivering Environmental Justice in North Carolina















La’Meshia Whittington-Kaminski is Deputy Political Director for Advance Carolina and Organizing Campaigns Director for the NC Black Alliance.


In this episode La’Meshia explains how the environmental justice movement began in North Carolina and the disproportionate impacts that low-income communities and communities of color have faced in the state, including GenX in drinking water, pollution from factory farms, and hurricane damage. She discusses the role political maps - specifically gerrymandering - has played and why there is a lack of public awareness of environmental justice issues. La’Meshia says that organizations have improved situations for communities through partnerships, communication, and grassroots support.


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Water is vital to our health, communities, environment,

and economy. But there are tremendous challenges to the

quality and quantity of our water. Public awareness, concern, and action on water must increase. 


waterloop aims to be part of the solution by presenting conversations and commentary in a podcast about water in our lives and on our planet.


waterloop highlights the importance of water, explores various pressures, and shares positive success stories.

The Team

Travis Loop

President, Founder, and Host

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Travis Loop has 20 years of high-level experience in communications and media, with a focus on water and environmental issues. He is currently the communications director for the Water Environment Federation, a global nonprofit with 35,000 water professionals as members. Travis formerly directed water communications at the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency in Washington, D.C. and managed public affairs for EPA’s Chesapeake Bay restoration program in Annapolis, Md. He also served as the speechwriter and communications manager for the Governor of Hawaii. Travis began his career as a newspaper
reporter and editor, working for eight years in North Carolina, Virginia, and Hawaii. He has a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Ellen Gilinsky

Treasurer

Baron Sekiya

Secretary

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The Advisors

Joel Beauvais

Vice President & Deputy General Counsel

Environment, Health & Safety at Exelon

Angela Code

Documentary Filmmaker

Member of Sayisi Dene First Nation

George Hawkins

Founder and Executive Director
Moonshot Missions

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Corrie Heck Scott

Director Global Communications

Providing Food and Water Sustainably

The Nature Conservancy

Micah Ragland

Director of Corporate Communications

DTE Energy

Dr. Wallace J Nichols

Founder
The Live Blue Foundation

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Noah Sabich

Managing Director

Cimbria Capital

Mark Schleifstein

Environmental Reporter

The Times-Picayune and NOLA.com

Nancy Stoner

President

Potomac Riverkeeper Network

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