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Impressionable

I think that for an individual to fight for the rights of people that are unable to defend themselves, it takes a very compassionate, dedicated leader. Both Juan Parras and Hilton Kelly exemplify this type of extraordinary person. These individuals speak not only intelligently, but also with great poise and passion for people and their rights for a healthy environment. Both of these leaders take these issues to a personal level, because they live in these environmentally unjust areas.

It is difficult to imagine living in an area where it feels like there is no justice and that your voice to rights in unheard. For many of our students even viewing these low-income areas was a first. I was shocked by the size of the petrochemical factories in Port Arthur. These factories are beyond massive, and there are several packed in the city along the water.

In both Houston and Port Arthur economic development is crucial to the success of a community. Economic development indicates that there is relative strength of environmental regimes. For a grassroots movement to be successful there needs to be experiential, scientific and regulatory knowledge, and overall the co production of knowledge. It is inspiring for a student to view individuals playing a role in environmental activism, not only does it make you more aware of environmental justice, but makes you want to work for the good of the common man.

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