Reverend Raphael Warnock is a community pastor who is a champion for civil rights and racial and environmental justice.
In 2005, Reverend Raphael Warnock was the youngest person ever to be selected to serve as the Senior Pastor at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the former pulpit of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During his tenure, the church started Project Green: Sustainable Ebenezer to get congregants involved with environmental projects. Warnock’s sermons have centered on environmental justice, emphasizing the links between pollution, race and poverty, and helping his congregants see themselves as environmentalists. He has brought attention to critical issues of environmental injustice, highlighting that race is the most likely indicator of where a toxic waste dump will be located, and that black children are five times more likely than white children to suffer from lead poisoning.
In the Senate, Warnock will be a champion for ensuring equitable access to clean air, clean water and a safe climate. He will advance policies that center black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities who have been disproportionately harmed by the coronavirus pandemic, environmental pollution, and systemic racism. Warnock is the first black person elected to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate.
Warnock joins the U.S. Senate after defeating Senator Kelly Loeffler, who earned a 10% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.
In his own words:
Climate change is a civil and human rights issue. As a Senator, I will advocate for transformative environmental policies that benefit and include all communities—especially those that are disproportionately affected by climate change.
Source: LCVAF Questionnaire