I didn't come to Baltimore to address the health consequences of our environmental policy, it just happened that way. As a recent Howard graduate with degrees in biology and community health, I thought health policy, not environmental advocacy, would be the tool I would use to address the issues in this city. I saw disparities that I believed I could help solve with initiatives promoting behavior change and access to resources. But as I spoke to residents throughout the city, I began to hear themes emerge in the conversations: complaints that pointed to something broader than any individual program could address. I heard from students forced home with debilitating asthma attacks and from elderly residents wary of venturing into blistering heat waves. Their worries went deeper than health care; they spoke to the challenges posed by environmental inequality and a changing climate, and they demanded action.