Green Festival Speakers
Ringo came to the Apollo Alliance in 2005 as a dedicated champion of environmental justice and vocal advocate of clean energy. He has firsthand experience of the challenges we face after working for more than 20 years in Louisianas petrochemical industry.More than half of that time was spent as an active union member working with his fellow members to secure a safe work environment and quality jobs. Louisianas petrochemical industry focuses on the production of gasoline, rocket fuel, and plastics many of which contain cancer causing chemicals. As he began observing the negative impacts of the industrys pollution on local communities primarily poor, minority communities Ringo began organizing community environmental justice groups.Ringo's experience organizing environmental and labor communities and his drive to further diversify the environmental movement bridges many of Apollos partners to create a broadbased coalition for real solutions to our energy crisis.In 1996, Ringo was elected to serve on the National Wildlife Federation board of directors and, in 2005, he became the chair of the board. In so doing, he also became the first African American to head a major conservation organization.Ringo was the only black U.S. delegate at the 1998 Global Warming Treaty Negotiations in Kyoto, Japan, and represented the National Wildlife Federation at the United Nations' conference on sustainable development in 1999.