An illustration features one continuous blue line looping to form two overlapping hearts on the left side, then going on to form the outline of a factory with plumes of smoke billowing from smokestacks.
For women of color on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast, everyday environmental and climate activism is entangled with intimate lives.
Author Frances Roberts-Gregory explores how women of color protect the environment and "navigate complex and at times contradictory relationships" with oil, gas, and petrochemical industries. She highlights the work of Gulf Coast "water protectors,” who "fight oil pipelines and improper disposal of industrial waste even when their kin and loved ones receive paychecks from these same industries."
Roberts-Gregory also reflects on her own journey as a climate activist and helps us understand the tension between the needs of the workers in the oil and gas industry and our expectation of industry change.