To protect forests and vulnerable ecosystems, erect healthcare clinics. That's what nonprofit organizers did in Indonesia, where deforestation rates in neighboring Gunung Palung National Park declined dramatically during the first 10 years of the clinic's operation.
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Four of the fellows who participated in the Agents of Change program this year joined the Collaborative on Health and the Environment to discuss their research, activism, and experiences with publishing their ideas.
As editor of EHN, I've long sought out reporters who can tell stories of environmental injustice and scientists who can put it into context.
Fellow Deniss Martinez, who wrote about Indigenous cultural fires, helps clean up a burn area. (Credit: Zack Emerson)
Ahead of the curve<p>When we started Agents of Change with <a href="https://www.ehn.org/why-im-dedicated-to-amplifying-neglected-voices-in-environmental-health-2644564467.html" target="_blank">Ami Zota</a>, an associate professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, the world was a different place.</p> <p>The COVID-19 pandemic and protests following the police killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others have upended the U.S.</p> <p>But these fellows were ahead of the curve. </p>
A rent control rally at the Massachusetts State House, January 2020. Fellow Mỹ Dzung Chu wrote about housing security in Dorchester, Mass. (Credit: Lori Hurlebaus)
New communities<p>I've seen these essays reach new readers and communities for EHN. We've tapped into a community of like-minded early-career scientists of color who finally see writings from other scientists of color, who are writing in a bold manner about science and injustice. These are leaders from varied backgrounds who, yes, want to talk science, but also want to talk about injustice and racism; people who value the institutions where they work and research, but are not afraid to challenge out-of-date mindsets, harmful hierarchies, and baked-in biases.</p><p>There will undoubtedly be a radical shakeup of what environmental health science and advocacy looks like after the storm our country is in. </p><p>One thing is certain moving forward—business as usual doesn't work and we've found a lot of next generation leaders with ideas who are ready to shake the status quo. </p>
“Public health is all about people”<p>We are not done—our Agents of Change fellows will move on but we're looking for a <a href="https://www.agentsofchangeineh.com/how-to-apply" target="_blank">new group of fellows for the fall.</a> There are simply too many voices going unheard and we want to amplify those worth hearing.</p><p>Whether it's policymakers or young children thinking about what they want to be when they grow up, we need to remember that scientists are more than wire-haired old guys in laboratories. </p><p>They come from all backgrounds, they are our neighbors, and they help us make sense of our world and provide evidence for us to do and be better. </p><p>I'm proud to have met and spent time with these fellows and I look forward to watching their careers grow. The future is in good hands. </p><p>I hope their stories continue to inspire and shine a light on both the problems and opportunities in environmental health research. As Brianna VanNoy said, "after all, public health is all about people, and the health of millions depends on our action." </p>
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