Taking on racism, health, and the environment
This weekend, environmental justice activist and MacArthur Genius Award winner Majora Carter was in Minnesota to speak at the St. Olaf College Nobel Peace Prize Forum.
In an hour-long interview on Minnesota Public Radio (Activist shines light on urban pollution problem), she talked about founding Sustainable South Bronx and working to create inner-city green space and a "green" jobs training program in New York.
She is passionate about the connection between our physical environment and the health of individuals and communities, and the impact on citizens -- especially those who are marginalized by race or social class -- when we believe that we have a right to live in a healthy environment and are organized to do something about it. "There are South Bronxes all over the country, and all over the world, where there are young people - [and] adults - feeling as if they don't matter," Carter says. "That's a really difficult thing to see, especially when you see them differently."
She's an organizer and a leader who tells an inspiring story.