Community Member

KMartin Group

Gloster, Mississippi

KMartin Group is a small grassroots outreach and education nonprofit tackling big issues on behalf of its rural Gloster, MS community: youth development, health disparities, food insecurity, and environmental justice. Through its Greater Greener Gloster initiative, it fights environmental abuses spurred by the Drax Biomass facility, which has been fined $2.5 million, the largest known penalty against such a facility, for emitting more than three times the acceptable levels of air pollutants and particulate matter into Gloster’s unsuspecting, fence-line communities for years. Residents – 77% of whom are Black and 41% living below the poverty line – have suffered declining health since the plant opened in 2014. Greater Greener Gloster’s mission is to enhance awareness of the environmental and public health issues caused by this facility, seek justice for the damages associated with air pollution, and ensure environmental, public health, and quality of life improvements for the residents.

Members of KMartin Group and residents of Gloster, Mississippi are fighting for better air quality.

KMartin Group began in 2009 with a mission to improve educational opportunities for Gloster, MS youth, including mentoring, college counseling, and Pell Grant assistance. When COVID hit in 2020 and no support came to the area, the nonprofit expanded its mission, making a big impact on the underserved community of 1,000. The small group, composed of a five-member board, two part-time employees and 10 volunteers, has hosted health fairs, clinics, and community meetings on air pollution and health disparities, sparking collaborations with non-profits such as The Dogwood Foundation and government agencies such as the EPA and USDA. They’ve provided air filters for most homes and recently hosted an EPA Region 4 Collaborative Community Meeting, which 25% of the population attended. They seek more community engagement, more national media coverage, legal representation on behalf of impacted residents, stronger alliances with other environmental justice community-based organizations in Mississippi, and more meetings with state and federal agencies and members of Congress – all in service of a greater, greener Gloster.

For more information:

Trouble in the wood basket: How a global push for renewable energy took advantage of rural Mississippi, Mississippi Today, April 2024

A Matter of Breathing, Patagonia 50 Series, November 2023

A Mississippi community takes on a U.K. energy giant over pollution concerns – NBC News, August 2023

Chat and Chew with Congressman Thompson in Gloster – the Greater Greener Gloster Project Hosts a Community Forum on Impacts of Pollution – The Mississippi Link, August 2023

A Mississippi Community Takes on a U.K. Energy Giant Over Pollution Concerns – NBC News Climate Unit, August 2023

Mississippi Regulator Accused of Pollution Cover-up at Drax Wood Pellet Mill – Energy Monitor, June 2023

Environmental Activists Kathy Egland and Krystal Martin Speak at Drax’s AGM – YouTube, June 2023

The Community of Gloster is Being Poisoned in Plain Sight – Dogwood Alliance, December 2022

A “Green Energy” Project Leaves a Mississippi Town Gasping for Air – HuffPost, December 2021

Dorothy Terry

Dorothy Terry

Dorothy Terry is a journalist by profession, having worked as a daily newspaper reporter on both coasts and a contributing writer for several national magazines. She is a former Congressional press secretary and has worked as a communications manager and consultant for corporations and nonprofits.

Contact

Dr. Krystal Martin

Social Media

Climate Impacts

Air Pollution

Environmental Justice Concerns

Air Pollution, Logging/Biomass

Strategies

Art Activism, Community Organizing and Education, Legal/permit challenges to development, contamination, pollution, etc, Risk mapping and/or monitoring e.g. flooding/contaminants etc

501c3 Tax Deductible

Yes

Accepting Donations

Yes