Climate Change

Hilton Kelley Recites His Poem “My Toxic Reality” at Aspen Ideas: Climate

March 26, 2024  • John Peabody

Hilton Kelley is an environmental justice leader on the Texas Gulf Coast. He is founder and director of Community In-Power and Development Association, a nonprofit that collects scientific data about pollution, educates residents and fights for the right to clean air in his native Port Arthur, Texas, a refinery and chemical manufacturing town whose residents are overwhelmingly low-income people of color.

At Aspen Ideas: Climate in Miami, Kelley spoke about his experience in Texas and recited his powerful poem “My Toxic Reality” for the crowd. Here it is, in its entirety.