environmental justice

Green collar jobs turn blue: water quality in disadvantaged communities

Green collar jobs turn blue: water quality in disadvantaged communities

Green collar jobs aren’t just for the mechanically and technically inclined: as we’ve seen, numerous organizations, businesses and local governments have focused on tasks ranging from tree planting and care to herb growing (the legal kind) to energy efficiency consulting and assistance.

DC-area African American church goes solar

DC-area African American church goes solar

A church installing solar panels… not all that unusual these days, right? Maybe not, but for Washington, DC’s Florida Avenue Baptist Church, the recent ribbon-cutting on a 44 panel solar array represents more than “going green” and cutting energy costs: it’s also a way to address issues of energy and environmental justice and economic stagnation in the local community.

Minnesota students address climate change, environmental justice in hip hop video

Minnesota students address climate change, environmental justice in hip hop video

How do you get a group of urban high school students interested and involved in issues like climate change and environmental justice? Connecting it to the music they love is a good bet… and we’ve already seen how hip hop’s worked as a tool for engaging target audiences on topics ranging from local, healthy food to the damage created by plastic shopping bags.

Eco-rap emerging as educational, empowerment tool for San Francisco youth

Eco-rap emerging as educational, empowerment tool for San Francisco youth

Try explaining climate change to young people in terms of CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere, or the dangers of toxic wastes by focusing on water sheds… chances are they’ll be checking their phones, if not dozing off, in a matter of minutes. Now imagine these same concepts being addressed by rappers from the neighborhoods these kids come from… you’ll likely see more enthusiasm for the topics.

Judge Disallows Environmental Review of Chevron Refinery Expansion

Judge Disallows Environmental Review of Chevron Refinery Expansion

RICHMOND, California, June 7, 2009 (ENS) – The Environmental Impact Report for a major expansion at the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, California is inadequate, a Contra Costa County Superior Court judge has ruled in a case brought by environmental, community, and public health groups. In her decision Friday, Judge Barbara Zuniga decided that the environmental…

Majora Carter's ECO HEROES: Jonathan Demme

Majora Carter's ECO HEROES: Jonathan Demme

Jonathan Demme believes that “film and literature can change a mind.” If a film causes a human mind to consider questions that it has not encountered before, therein lies a great possibility to influence that one person. The idea is that awareness allows people to make better decisions in their life. Jonathan warns people from…

THE GOOD FIGHT Website Launch

THE GOOD FIGHT Website Launch

Simran Sethi, a rising star in journalism, has officially launched her web exclusive show, THE GOOD FIGHT [www.sundance.tv]. Sundance Channel is proud to be working with Simran to bring you important environmental justice stories on the web. The official site is up and ready for you to check it out now. If you are interested…

Want to Be Featured in our Upcoming Web Series THE GOOD FIGHT?  Tell Us Your Story!

Want to Be Featured in our Upcoming Web Series THE GOOD FIGHT? Tell Us Your Story!

If there’s a problem in your area or if you are working to solve a problem in your community we’re interested to learn more. We want Eco-mmunity to be a place where users can find one another, share information and hopefully solve problems together. Simran Sethi’s upcoming original web series, THE GOOD FIGHT, is devoted…

Environmental Justice and Tibetan Unrest

Environmental Justice and Tibetan Unrest

Recently, world news agencies have reported on the multiple protests and riots taking place in Tibet, Nepal and many other nations around the world. The causes and conditions precipitating these conflicts are by no means simply stated. In fact, they are rooted in long standing political, sociological, and ideological misunderstandings that long predate both the…