Climate Justice Youth Summit

On August 3, UPROSE BK—an intergenerational, multi-racial, nationally recognized, women of color led, grassroots organization promoting sustainability and resiliency through community organizing, education, leadership development, and cultural artistic expression in Brooklyn—held its sixth annual Climate Justice Youth Summit (CJYS) at Union Theological Seminary. The climate summit, the largest gathering of youth of color on climate change in the country, held workshops on urban gardening, gentrification, climate refugees, policing, and other topics relevant to climate change and its distinct and disproportionate impact on communities of color in New York and around the world. In New York City, communities of color—primarily Harlem and the South Bronx—manage more than 30% of the city’s waste and process up to 70% of its sewage sludge. As a result, asthma rates are significantly higher in communities of color, endangering children and elderly in neighborhoods of color. While the city ushers in band-aid solutions or promotes purportedly progressive initiatives like solar energy and white-painted roofs, it simultaneously works to uproot the health and lives of New Yorkers of color. Prioritizing luxury development and gentrification over green space, New […]

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