In an emotionally charged talk, MacArthur-winning activist Majora Carter details her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx -- and shows how minority neighborhoods suffer most from flawed urban policy.
Majora Carter argues that “race and class are extremely reliable indicators as to where one might find the good stuff [in a community], like parks and trees, and where one might find the bad stuff, like power plants and waste facilities.” Create a list of what could be considered the ‘bad stuff’ in a community, and identify where these things are located in your own area. Do you think this bears out Carter’s claim?
Learn more about Majora Carter. How did she become an environmental justice advocate? What job(s) did she train for in school? What has she been doing since this TED talk from 2006? Imagine that you could interview Carter. What five questions would you ask that you weren’t able to answer through your research?
American Public Media: The Promised Land [Majora Carter hosts this award-winning public radio show] http://www.thepromisedland.org/
Sustainable South Bronx http://www.ssbx.org/
United States Environmental Protection Agency: Environmental Justice http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/index.html