The Louisiana Bucket Brigade is an environmental health & justice 501c3 nonprofit organization supporting communities’ use of grassroots action to become informed, sustainable neighbourhoods free from industrial pollution. The organization is named for the bucket tool used to take air samples and was founded in 2000 by Director Anne Rolfes.
The Louisiana Bucket Brigade uses grassroots action to create an informed, healthy society that holds the petrochemical industry and government accountable for the true costs of pollution to hasten the transition from fossil fuels.
Louisiana is a healthy, prosperous, pollution-free and just state where people and the environment are valued over profit.
The EPA-approved “bucket” is a simple, easy-to-use tool fenceline neighbours can operate to take air samples. The data produced from these samples is just as good as monitoring data from the EPA or LDEQ and captures emissions from within the communities most affected. This is a powerful experience for community members who are used to being ignored, overlooked and disrespected by corporations and government.