Since today is Earth Day, I figured I have to talk about it.
With the new administration, minorities seem to be in vogue when it comes to green matters. Look no further than the EPA Administrator--Lisa P. Jackson. Prior to this appointment, she was the New Jersey Commissioner for the Department of Environmental Protection. If you care about the environment or are stoked in matters of environmental protection then you should know if you're going to stake out a career in this industry- New Jersey is the state to do it. It is refreshing to know there are black people out there that care about the environment with the credentials to match!
If you asked a black person (take Bellini for example) to sum up their take on environmental issues, one would readily claim that the advocates of this movement are well-to-do white people, traditionally from well-stocked families a la trust fund who can personally fund their cause. Access.
Let's evaluate the movement behind the crusade to stop buying bottled water. In my book, bottled water is a luxury. Trust me I know how much I spend on my 6-pack 1 bottle liter of Evian. The discard of empty bottles is overpopulating landfills and the plastic bottles are not decomposing fast enough. Is this message expected to resonate with poor, minority communities where bottled water is not the talk du jour?
However the irony in this characterization is that the effects of anti-green measures (pollution, illness, unclean water, etc.) hurts minorities the most. The plants usually get built on the poorer side of town (where minorities tend to reside) coupled with lax oversight. These communities are plagued with toxic emissions that correlate into higher incidences of asthma or respiratory difficulties among our children.
So, Ms. Jackson if your're able to modify the way all American people think about going green and coerce them to take action. Then the revolution just might be televised.
That's my green observation!
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