Meet Erin Brockovich, Consumer Advocate and Self-Proclaimed ‘Eco Warrior'
If the name Erin Brockovich only reminds you of a 2000 feature film starring Julia Roberts, you've got some catching up to do.
The Lawrence, KS native is a consumer advocate and environmental activist who took it upon herself to create a national reporting registry map where Americans can keep record of various health concerns and ailments brought on by the environments they live in. She did so simply because the government never made such a comprehensive tool available.
Brockovich, a consultant for Weitz & Luxenberg, a New York-based mesothelioma and asbestos law firm, loves galvanizing people to stand up for their beliefs. She told as much to IAMECO Warrior when the site saw her at the annual Captain Planet Foundation Gala, where she received the Protector of the Earth award.
Nearly 20 years after building a famous case against Pacific Gas and Electric Company for groundwater contamination, Brockovich and her team have launched investigations on GM, Liptor and the cause behind the Louisiana Sinkhole.
Yes, Brockovich is an "Eco Warrior and damn proud of it." She loves scenes where people won't be quieted by politicians or business executives, especially when it comes to their health and concern for the environment. That's why she rallied with military veterans and watchdog groups in April against the U.S. Department of Justice's treatment of a case regarding toxic drinking water at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC.
"[Your] local city council has no idea what's going on with you," she said. "In numbers, you go tell them what's wrong with you. I've sat there when I've watched 3,000 and 4,000 people march into a city council meeting and the members are like, ‘what the F just happened?'"
Visit Brockovich's site, which features videos clips, consumer alerts and updates on her latest investigations.
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By Bill McKibben
To understand the planetary importance of this autumn's presidential election, check the calendar. Voting ends on November 3—and by a fluke of timing, on the morning of November 4 the United States is scheduled to pull out of the Paris Agreement.
President Trump announced that we would abrogate our Paris commitments during a Rose Garden speech in 2017. But under the terms of the accords, it takes three years to formalize the withdrawal. So on Election Day it won't be just Americans watching: The people of the world will see whether the country that has poured more carbon into the atmosphere than any other over the course of history will become the only country that refuses to cooperate in the one international effort to do something about the climate crisis.