At home one night with nothing to watch on TV I came across an infomercial for a TIMELife music box set from the 1970s. On the paid program was a song the got me thinking “What are environmentalism is missing?” Continue reading
In my internet travels I stumbled across a link to this site from The Toyota Green Initiative. sofreshandsogreen.com was on a list of “sites featuring green perspectives from African Americans who are changing the world we all live in.” Continue reading
Ibrahim blends his passion for a green economy, his love and understanding of faith, and a deep commitment to justice in this book.” -Van Jones, founder, Green for All
Just in time to perhaps be included in the debate around Islam, Black folks, terrorism and America, African American Muslim Ibrahim Abdul-Matin has written Green Deen: What Islam Teaches about Protecting the Planet. OK, maybe that’s wishful thinking Continue reading
Today is the birthday of sofreshandsogreen.com. My bouncing baby blog is a 1 year old and that’s thanks to you guys. It’s also my birthday and for me it’s been quite a journey because at times I may teach, or even preach, but I learn as you learn. I’ve had the opportunity to connect with so many great folks out there and I’m glad I could be a part of educating, informing and entertaining. Continue reading
Hello my name is Silent Jay. I’m a fellow blogger and friend of Madam Toussaint and she’s been gracious enough to allow me to do a special guest post on her site. I have list of 5 things that we can all do not only improve the environment but I also believe will improve our communities.
Here’s the good news, none of these things require you attend a meeting, a seminar, or a forum. They’re just things we can all do everyday. Continue reading
Below are the words of New Orleans native Lisa Jackson, the first African-American Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Sometimes I think we spend a lot of time being concerned with what President Obama does, but he has a cabinet and a staff.
Obama is not the only name we should know. These other people have names and we can’t even think of holding them accountable as well if we don’t know their names.
One of my African American colleagues told me about how, every year as winter was coming, his grandmother would get up on a chair and put up plastic sheeting over the windows.
She didn’t say she was ‘greening her home.’ She didn’t say she was ‘weatherizing the house.’ She didn’t call herself an ‘environmentalist.’
From her perspective, she was just keeping out the cold and saving money on the oil bill. But the issues that we label ‘environmentalism’ were an important part of her life.
The first step is to communicate ‘clearly’ the many ways people’s stake in the environment is greater than they may realize. In the newspaper a couple of weeks ago there was a story about an environmental curriculum being taught in inner city schools.
One of the teachers quoted in the article got right to the heart of the matter when she said, ‘You can’t have a kid in a violent neighborhood and say, ‘Let’s talk about the polar bear.'” Continue reading
It’s true I’m a nature lover. I do like trees, not the ones you smoke, the ones you climb and is under on a hot summer day. I had the great fortune of growing up in a household that had a big yard.
On summer days I would set out to prove what I learned in science class. I experimented with photosynthesis by trying to revive sick houseplants in the yard by giving them what my mom gave me when I was sick: orange juice.
Needless to say that didn’t work out so well nor did the ant hotel I made complete with the pool. Who knew ants couldn’t swim?
Anyway, back to the trees. Our yard was full of evergreens, even a holly tree, but the one that intrigued me the most was the pear tree.
I could see it from the kitchen window. I watched it go through it’s changes year after year. In the spring it was Continue reading
Just when you thought it was over, yep, another Michael Jackson post, but it’s his birthday…I know, but look how nice he’s being to that baby tiger. Awww.
Happy Birthday Michael Jackson.
One of the things I have learned about mourning in my own life is that sometimes it’s necessary to mourn someone on different levels. We all have different sides to our selves and different passions. In the media onslaught in the wake of Michael Jackson’s death he was mourned as a musical genius, an alleged pedophile, an icon. But Michael Jackson didn’t get mourned enough in my opinion as a person who cared about people and the environment. Continue reading