Environmental Activism

I am an artist, Water Resource Engineer, environmental activist and most importantly, mom to two girls. I worry about my girls future in an uncertain world due to the threats of climate change, sea level rise and pollution.

Below you can watch a video of me speaking during a press conference and rally as part of a moms mobilizing even hosted by the environmental group Green for All in the House Triangle area of the US Capitol. We were rallying against budget cuts to the EPA and the adverse impact they would have on our environment and health. I had the opportunity to speak at the press conference event which was followed by lobbying visits to members of Congress for my state of Florida. You can read my speech here. On November 10, 2017, the local newspaper La Gaceta of Florida published an Op-ed I wrote about my experience lobbying in DC against EPA budget cuts with Green for All. An English translation can be found here.

This was a unique experience and I hope to continue contributing to this and other environmental groups with my expertise as a Water Resources Engineer, artist and mom. My Engineering curriculum vitae can be found here.

Since then I have joined the Orlando chapters of Citizens Climate Lobby and Climate Reality Project. I am also working with a local group of moms in doing an investigation of a potential cancer cluster in my area. For this project, I am volunteering my Water Resources Engineering skills in analyzing potential sources of water and air contamination that might be affecting the health of local vulnerable populations, especially children. I recently wrote another Op-ed in Spanish for La Gaceta regarding local grassroots efforts to establish a Central Florida Climate Compact. An English translation can be found here in English.

Michelle Irizarry's speech at Green for All's rally and press conference in Washington, DC against budget cuts to the EPA. Video courtesy of the Moms Clean Air Force.