UCS Mourns the Loss of We Act for Environmental Justice Deputy Director Cecil Corbin-Mark

Statement by Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists

Published Oct 16, 2020

Today, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, a leading organization fighting injustice, racism and the disproportionate impacts of pollution and other threats to vulnerable communities, announced the tragic passing of Cecil Corbin-Mark, the organization’s deputy director and director of policy initiatives.

Below is a statement by Andrew Rosenberg, director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

“Cecil was a leader in the movement against environmental racism for decades. His intellect, passion, forcefulness and clarity in thoughts and words drew admiration and gratitude. I had the privilege of working with him over the last ten years, most recently as part of the Steering Committee for the Building Equity and Alignment Initiative. Every time we had a chance to interact – I mean every time – I learned something.

“He will be deeply missed. As WE ACT noted eloquently in announcing his passing:

‘We ask that you all take a moment and reflect on the magnificent life of Cecil Corbin-Mark. Celebrate the individual, and his body of work. The bills passed, and the people mentored. Remember his laughter, and his smile. And then follow in his footsteps, fearlessly fighting to protect and uplift the health and well-being of frontline communities. Honor his memory by continuing to battle environmental racism and champion health and justice for all.’ ”