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Phyllis Omido

Center for justice governance and environmental action
grassroots environmental activist and co- founder
Phyllis Omido, is a Kenyan grassroots environmental activist and co- founder of the center for justice governance and environmental action an organization that advocates for the right to a clean and healthy environment and socioeconomic rights of marginalized and ignored communities around extractive industries in the coastal belt of Kenya.
She was Africa’s recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2015 and is an anti-pollution activist known for organizing protests and shutting down a lead smelting plant located in the middle of Owino Uhuru, an urban poor community near Mombasa. The plant was causing heavy metal (lead) poisoning by raising the lead content in the environment, killing residents, in particular children, and harming others, including her own child.
She is now spear heading a class action litigation suit against the Kenyan government and two multi-national corporations, challenging their responsibility towards the protection of the right to a clean and healthy environment.

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