Greening the Inner City: Jobs, Health, Justice and the Environment
Environmental restoration can succeed only if it meaningfully addresses social justice and the elimination of poverty. Omar Freilla, one of the nation’s most dynamic and creative young environmental justice leaders, is a founding board member of Sustainable South Bronx and recently launched Green Worker Cooperatives, an inspiring initiative dedicated to the creation of worker-owned, environmentally friendly manufacturing cooperatives in the South Bronx.
This summer Toxic Free NC staffer Ana Duncan Pardo and Into the Fields intern Abi Bissette traveled the roads of Eastern NC interviewing young farm workers about their experiences being exposed to pesticides. The result: a powerful short film highlighting the reality of pesticide exposure in the words of young workers here in NC.
A short documentary about how urban forestry and greening are helping to meet critical needs in underserved communities in Washington DC. Created by the Washington Parks & People District of Columbia Green Corps trainees, through a media education program with Meridian Hill Pictures.
The broader story of the Green Corps trainees is part of a feature-length documentary currently in production. To learn more about the film, visit meridianhillpictures.com
This video addresses environmental justice and environmental racism issues in Chester, Pennsylvania. It contains portions of the 1996 documentary “Laid to Waste” by R. Bahar & G. McCollough, which is used with permission.
We will convene on Duke University’s campus from Friday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30, 2013. During this workshop, we will explore different facets of environmental justice, exposure to toxic chemicals, and sustainability. We’ll be joined by faculty and students from Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte-Mecklenburg K-12 teachers, and Charlotte-area community members, some new this year and some bringing back their experience from last year’s workshop. Over the three days, we’ll meet with scientists, visit a community that has fought against environmental injustice for over 30 years, consider how environmental justice and sustainability are connected, and explore how to teach others about these topics.
Welcome to Transition Studies. To prosper for very much longer on the changing Earth humankind will need to move beyond its current fossil-fueled civilization toward one that is sustained on recycled materials and renewable energy. This is not a trivial shift. It will require a major transition in all aspects of our lives.
This weblog explores the transition to a sustainable future on our finite planet. It provides links to current news, key documents from government sources and non-governmental organizations, as well as video documentaries about climate change, environmental ethics and environmental justice concerns.
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