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As a scientist, Nina believes in an evidence-based approach to all problems, and the evidence is telling us that we are on a calamitous path.

Nina opposes the process of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” and sees that beyond the issues of carbon or habitat, environmentally unfriendly practices can even alter our geology. The rise in earthquakes in places without fault lines, like Ohio, offer worrying examples of the ways the planet has been negatively altered by human activity.

Nina also understands that environmental issues disproportionately affect low-income communities of people of color due to structural barriers to racial equity. A study by the NAACP and National Medical Association showed that communities of color are 75% more likely to be located near a major source of pollution. We have seen in Flint, MI and South Philadelphia the alarmingly disproportionate impact on minorities. This needs to change.

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