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Colette Pichon Battle

AFFILIATION: Taproot Earth

TITLE: Partner of Vision & Initiatives

LOCATION: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Puerto Rico, Global Black Diaspora

LANGUAGE: English, French

EXPERTISE AREA: Black/African-American Communities, Climate Change, Energy Policy, Green Jobs/Economy, Indigenous/Native Communities, Just Transition, Land Justice, Natural Disasters & Response, Ocean Justice, Sustainability, Tribal Relations or Indigenous Sovereignty, Human Rights, Reparations Advocacy


Colette Pichon Battle is a 2022 William O. Douglas award-winning lawyer and climate justice organizer. A trusted voice in climate justice and Black liberation, she was born and lives in Bayou Liberty, Louisiana. Her work focuses on creating spaces for frontline communities to gather and advance climate strategies that help us steward the water, energy, and land.

She is the Vision & Initiatives Partner for Taproot Earth, Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy (GCCLP) founder, and is a former corporate lawyer. Internationally, Colette has gained recognition for her outstanding use of the legal and judicial process to achieve environmental goals. After 17 years of work leading GCCLP’s development of programming focused on equitable climate resilience in the Gulf South, in 2022, she expanded her vision into Taproot Earth, inspired by her learnings with GCCLP and movement partners across the South.

When not working to save the world, you can find Colette spending her free time in rural Louisiana, amongst the land, waters and people that have poured love and nourishment into her from birth.


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