|Naim Edwards, Capuchin Corps Volunteer|
For example, forcing Native Americans to live on reservations, which are often areas difficult for humans to subsist in due to poor soils (for agriculture) and a lack of human resources. Similarly, concentrating “brown” people in urban slums (poor in soil and resources) and using policies and systems to keep them there are forms of environmental racism. Additionally, I’d argue that destroying people’s environments through war, deforestation, or contamination so that it is no longer desirable to live there is also a form of environmental racism. Both the contaminated and the deficient aspects of this injustice are prevalent in Detroit, a city marked by fossil fuel refineries, power plants, and incinerators, as well as communities that have been neglected and deprived of resources.
|The BioBlitz, organized to expose and encourage youth and local residents to be scientists,|
involve academics in community initiatives, foster intergenerational interaction,
and reconnect people with nature.
|Children learn to identify insects, plants, and other organisms.|
|Some Food Warriors learning about biodiversity at D-Town Farm in Detroit.|
With the implementation of a community garden, I invited a small group of people to engage in the supposedly mundane task of starting seeds for the project. I had the fortune of at least having their curiosity to start with, and once the seeds begin to sprout, there was an air of excitement and praise of new life and opportunity! People who chose not to engage in planting seeds were jealous that they didn’t participate in giving life to our little plants, while those who did were joyful and anxious to take care of their new found responsibilities. I’ve also witnessed anxious people dismantle their fear of spiders or snakes after having the opportunity to handle and observe these creatures in a safe way.
|A young Food Warrior has made a new friend during a BioBlitz.|
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