A veteran of the Civil Rights movement, the Rev. Dr. Gerald L. Durley is now deeply involved in interfaith work and global climate change discussions across the country and around the world. He believes that climate change, global warming, and environmental justice are moral imperatives, which he sees as a contemporary civil rights issue, and was deeply honored in 2015 to be acknowledged by President Barack Obama as a White House Champion for Change. As the former Dean of Clark Atlanta University and the former director of the Health Promotion Resource Center of the Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Durley sought to combine the disciplines of faith and science with the lessons learned as a civil rights advocate of the 1960’s. After serving as pastor of Atlanta’s historic Providence Missionary Baptist Church for more than 25 years, Dr. Durley now works with partners from many organizations including but not limited to Interfaith Power and Light, Sierra club, Green for All, Eco-America, U.S. Climate Action Network, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Environmental Working Group, Green Law, Ambassadors for Clean Air, Moms Clean Air Force, and Water Keeper Inc.