New Voices.

Surprising Questions.

Unexpected Answers.

The world’s environmental and social problems are spreading like wildfires, and systemically marginalized communities are most impacted. To achieve transformative and durable solutions, we need to empower the next generation of scientists to speak up. Scientists who share their discoveries in the most compelling ways can change the narrative.

Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University has teamed up with Environmental Health News to form Agents of Change in Environmental Justice.


We’re partnering with communities on the front lines of environmental justice to change the systems that lead to inequity. We do that by training scientists from marginalized communities in storytelling, community engagement, and policy translation. You can help us amplify the voices, stories, and research of our fellows.


Newsflash: Science is personal. The colorful conversations in our biweekly podcast prove it, with stories that include laughter and tears, setbacks and successes. Listen in as our fellows and other environmental justice leaders discuss their unlikely beginnings and promising futures.


You’ve never seen science writing quite like this. Fellows weave their life experiences together with their technical expertise in essays that push back against persistent injustice, advancing environmental justice and equity.

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Laura Diaz

“Being able to step away from our home institutions during the Agents of Change retreat to be in community with fellow EJ scholars and activists who integrate EJ into their work in loving and radical ways was invigorating and inspiring; and it was the community that I was hoping to find when I entered graduate school. I am grateful to have the Agents of Change community because this platform gives me the opportunity to share the work and research that I engage in which I strongly believe has a duty to serve frontline EJ communities like the one I grew up in.”

-Laura Diaz, 2024 Fellow 


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Fighting for systemic change takes enormous resources. Your donations will help amplify the voices of next generation environmental justice leaders.

Photo credits (top to bottom): Daniel Burke Photo and Video, OreOluwa Badaki, Callum Shaw


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