Did you know that to this day we are still living in a racist country? I have had the opportunity to learn about racism in today's society more specifically about environmental racism and it is very sad to get to know how some communities still deal with racism just because they are colored people or don't live in the same places as the high society do, they have to deal with waste facilities that are placed in their backyards! They have to be in a polluted and contaminated city and be expose to many health issues; in this essay I will express my view on this issue as well as the view of a couple people fighting against this, also I will share some information about a video of a community and Chester, PA.
First, I will like to start by talking about Majora Carter; Majora Carter is a visionary voice in city planning who views urban renewal through an environmental lens. The South Bronx native draws a direct connection between ecological, economic and social degradation. Hence her motto: "Green the ghetto!" [TED.com]. I saw the video of an speech she gave to TED on Urban Green Activism, her speech was very informative and emotional, she is one of those people that draws you in, that makes you pay attention, I think what she had to say about the poor side of Bronx being the aim for all the waste just leave me thinking about all the people that lives there. How to the country, to the government they don't matter it is like they don't exist. Majora talked about Bogota, Colombia (This is my country ) and how a third world country was capable of change, of educating their people to be more civic and of allowing some space to both the environment and the people not only the cars.
Creating a sustainable mass public transportation method, for people with lower income could reach their jobs and different places in the city, without making them depend on a car which they can't afford and also will just worsen the environment. The Global Ecology and the Shadow of "Development" can give us a good inside on what Majora is working on, of course in this essay Wolfgan Sachs talks about development not being such a great thing when rich countries are only looking for economic development and welfare, he explains how big nations forget about the perception of the ecological predicaments into the world. At the end of his essay on pg. 9 he talks about Germany and how it has manage to pose a shining example of the environmentalism, while pushing ahead with such ecologically disastrous free-trade policies.
Majora's says she is not against of developers wanting to get money, she is absolutely all in for it, but she explains how we can have a sustainable development while caring for the environment, this is where Sachs teaching about Germany comes in, by comparing what Germany is doing and what Majora wants to do we can see that a green sustainable development is possible and can also be a huge monetary gain.
Majora's project on educating the youth to be more eco-friendly, teaching them how to perform agricultural and biological jobs so they can be of use to the community and the environment. Majora's project reminds me of the reading of Tierra y Vida by Devon G. Pena , in pg. 189 he says "The struggles of farmworkers for environmental justice extend beyond resisting the environmental racism that results in poor working and living conditions…" This resembles a lot to what the south Bronx community was going through, struggling with not only environmental issues, but such issues were caused due to the environmental racism propagated to them. Majora's isn't organizing her community to march or protest like the farmworkers did at their time but instead she is doing something so much better by providing training an education to the people, so that they can have a job, make a difference and help their community and the environment.
Majora's speech makes me think back to Kant and his theory, I reflected back on this quote of his "Act in