Peggy Shepard

Peggy Shepard is executive director and co-founder of WE ACT for Environmental Justice. Founded in 1988, WE ACT was New York’s first environmental justice organization created to improve environmental health and quality of life in communities of color.

In this portion of my interview, she discusses the environmental justice movement as she responds to the prompts listed below.

(Duration 6:29)


  1. How would you summarize the connection between environmental health and environmental justice? 00:40
  2. Can you say more about the role of race in determining exposure levels to environmental toxins? 01:15
  3. Why is it that environmental toxins disproportionately burden communities of color? 02:40
  4. In general terms, what do those exposures mean for health outcomes? 04:30

Other Portions of Peggy Shepard Interview

Title Duration
Part 1 – Early Career 10:30
Part 2 – The Origins of WE ACT 8:24
Part 3 – The Work of WE ACT 11:02
Part 4 – Environmental Health & Justice 6:29
Part 5 – Collaborating with Scientists 7:51
Part 6 – Policy Reforms 10:15
Part 7 – Environmental Activism 14:22
Part 8 – Five Favorites 5:45
Full Interview 66:41

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