Last year I brought you Top 5 White People Worth Interrupting Black History Month For as a statement that while this site has a strong focus on Black people there are many ideas out there and all of our answers were not going to come from only dealing with Black people. The question was raised “Why not do a list of People of Color instead? We are underrepresented.” Well, the representation of people of color on SoFreshAndSoGreen.com is the reverse or the mainstream, but here’s a list anyway. This one highlights Black environmentalists.
Who says Black people don’t care about the environment? For Black History Month we introduce these Black environmentalists (5 in no particular order) but we celebrate them all year round. Continue reading
Above: Green roof on top if Chicago’s City Hall
Most people set out milk and cookies for Santa on the kitchen table, but what about the hungry deer on the roof? Given the choice, studies have shown that these hard-working animals will favor landing spots with accessible food sources. ~Majora Carter
Environmental consultant and city planning visionary Majora Carter’s motto “Green The Ghetto” extends into everyone’s neighborhood with a new push for Santa to go green. More specifically, 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
I like to think it’s Earth Day Every Day on this site and while I realize treehugger.com will probably have some great stuff today for you as usual, I’ve decided to give you something you can’t get there- what I’ve learned about Earth Day.
As I’ve written before I grew up with a love of nature and science but I’ve considered that as a Black person interested in the environment I may have gotten into this in a different way than The Great Majora Carter and The Great Van Jones. As a teen I was able to take my love of nature into the classroom. In high school I was desperate to avoid chemistry class. It seemed hard and uninteresting. I managed to get Environmental Science class which I took for a year.
Finally, my chance to study this and get credit for it. My first class didn’t disappoint. My teacher was a young, cool white dude with cool, young white dude hair- I know you know what that is. He came in with Continue reading
The Source has released their “Green Issue” this month with Method Man, Ghostface and Raekwon on the cover alternating with J. Cole.
I actually found out about this trough Majora Carter on Twitter who had this to say:
I’m still trying to figure out what “green” means in this instance other than the color scheme. No mention of anything dealing with the environment on the cover. Maybach’s and iPad’s aren’t very green. I haven’t heard back from The Source yet. I also haven’t bought The Source magazine this millennium. Continue reading
I didn’t start out as an environmentalist.
I started out helping urban kids in trouble and I burned out, going to way too many funerals and court cases that turned out badly.
I was just trying to get my own health back.
I went to these retreat Centers in Marin County, and it was a different world.
They had all this organic food and solar panels and hybrid cars, and I was like — why don’t they have this in my neighborhood?
I thought, if we had these kind of jobs and services in Oakland, we’d probably have less violence. Continue reading
I believe that you shouldn’t have to leave your neighborhood to live in a better one.”
Majora Carter is a Black environmental activist. And you thought it couldn’t be done! I tried to told you- there are others!!!
If you’ve never heard of Majora Carter you will. Here’s the short version of her story: She “greened the ghetto”.
That was pretty short so here’s a bit more detail. Continue reading