Skip to comments.A Black American Earth Day… (Enviromental racism?)
Posted on 04/24/2011 1:56:08 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Forty-one years ago, Earth Day was established by the global community and now literally hundreds of millions of people throughout the world will celebrate Earth Day on April 22.
For Black Americans and millions of people of color, Earth Day 2011 should be both a day of celebration and rededication to the struggle to free our communities from the devastating toxicity of environmental injustice. Going green should not be reduced to a popular fad or to something that just sounds progressive or cool.
The official theme Earth Day 2011: A Billion Acts of Green encourages people everywhere to take the time to do an act of environmental service and advocacy that will contribute to improving the quality of life for all living things on earth. That is a good achievable goal worthy of our support and involvement.
A Black American Earth Day should be a day of solidarity with all people, but in particular with other people of color, who like Black Americans are disproportionately exposed to environmental injustices and life-threatening pollutions and toxic hazards.
These dangerous problems are local, statewide, regional, national and international. In just about every other place in America where we reside, we find ourselves disproportionately with high rates of asthma and other respiratory diseases, multiple forms of cancer, and other sicknesses that are directly related to harmful exposure to environmental hazards in the air that we breathe, as well as in the water and food that we consume.
Lets use Earth Day 2011 as an opportunity to raise more awareness in our communities about the importance of environmental concerns and issues. The health of our communities is impacted by the environment of our communities. Did you know that many of the growing lists of so-called learning disabilities that affect too many of the children in the Black American community maybe environmentally related to exposures from lead poisoning and other toxic substances laced in many of our neighborhoods?
The overall quality of life in Black America can be and should be improved if we all become more conscious and involved with understanding the importance of demanding and adhering to environmental justice.
The United Nations in 2009 established April 22 as Mother Earth Day. The first Earth Day was in the United States back in 1970 organized by U. S. Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin. Over the years, Earth Day has grown into a worldwide observance and celebration. In the early 1980s, the environmental justice movement evolved, led by African-Americans in North Carolina and in other states who saw the vital necessity to stand up and speak out against the growing evidence of environmental racism and injustice.
The time is now
A Black American Earth Day should be a day set aside for grassroots organizations and community leaders to mobilize and organize around all the environmental issues that continue to impact the quality of life and future of our children and communities.
There should be a sense of urgency in 2011. With all the budget cutbacks at the local, state and federal levels, the last thing that we need is for African-Americans to become more exposed to environmental hazards because of the lack of funding or from the cutting of budgets in the areas of public health and environmental protection.
The hip-hop community appears to be more environmentally conscious as youth activists are raising their voices in support of Earth Day activities. In the South Bronx, the birthplace of hip-hop culture, one of the most effective grassroots environmental groups is named Sustainable South Bronx led by young community leader Majora Carter. On Greening The Ghetto, Ms. Carter stated innovatively, Say it loud, Im Black, green and proud!
Do whatever you like to it, it's still a ghetto.
Going green the black way?
Solidarity with all the races as long as they are the same color?
Black Earth Day eh. I love it.
I burned all the styrofoam and paper from the lots next door last April. Pretty smoky if you ask me.
One of the most reliable ways of identifying a hard leftist is their use of the phrase “raising awareness.” Another reliable indicator is use of the phrase “social justice.” Sometimes they’re used together as in “raising awareness for social justice.”
Hmmmm....I thought we already did this.......
Isn’t that what the “Pigford Settlement” is all about ? >PS
“learning disabilities that affect too many of the children in the Black American community may be environmentally related to exposures from lead poisoning”
Wow! How did we white people escape THAT?
Which is it?
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