Lois Gibbs Lois Gibbs has lead many environmental movements for several decades. She initially became alarmed about reports of chemical waste in her neighborhood in Niagara Falls, New York. She was especially concerned for her children and the neighborhood children, who had been experiencing unusual health problems. She discovered that her neighborhood sat atop a toxic dump containing 21,000 tons of buried chemical waste, the infamous Love Canal. Desperate for change, she organized her community into the Love Canal Homeowners Association in order to fight local, state and federal governments. Eventually over 800 families in her community were evacuated and relocated.
As a new activist, she became the founder and executive director of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice which is an environmental crisis center that provides information, resources, technical assistance and training to thousands of people in order to empower them to protect their communities.
Lois is now a widely renowned role in the environmental health movement, and she has received many awards. She is currently on various Boards and Advisory Committees and speaks with communities at many conferences in the United States and internationally about toxic chemicals.
Lois Gibbs speaking at Local Environmental Action a few years back.