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Making Modern History: Zelalem Adefris

published on: February 17, 2020

History is made every day. And thanks to innovative, brave environmentalists, Florida is more resilient in the face of climate change. This February, we’ll not only celebrate Black History in Florida but recognize a few of the change-makers that are impacting the environmental movement in our state today. We’ll feature profiles from our non-profit partners, as well as climate activists and legislators.

Zelalem Adefris, Senior Director of Policy & Advocacy, Catalyst Miami, Environmental Justice Advocate

Zelalem Adefris
Zelalem Adefris

Q. What inspires you to do the work that you do?

A. I am inspired by the vision of a green, renewable, just future that simultaneously builds opportunities for low-income communities of color to participate in a green economy while upending centuries of discriminatory policy in this country. I am also inspired by the many diverse people I work with every day.

Q. What historical figure or community leader do you most admire or respect?

A. I admire all of the people around the world who love humanity and the land we live on so much that they’re willing to fight to make it better every day

Q. What do you think voters can do to bring about the greatest change in their communities and in Florida?

A. Vote! Do some research – make sure that those you vote for truly align with your values.