If you know who Greta Thunberg is, then you know the job of saving the planet is falling into the hands of young people, who are demanding answers and insisting governments show proof of the work they’re doing to help the environment.
Brotherhood Sister Sol is a social justice organization that has been around since 1995. Inheriting a community garden taught the founders that environmental justice is just as important to their Harlem community as any other kind of justice.
Now, BroSis members work their gardens, which grow more than 30 kinds of fruits and vegetables, but run a farmers market as well - selling locally farmed goods to residents, and teaching the community about things like nutrition and sustainability.
Co-founder and Associate Director Jason Warwin explains why the fight for environmental justice is urgent for the city’s communities of color. Their Harlem neighborhood is home to waste treatment plants and many of the city’s bus depots, helping to pollute the air and contributing to a rise in illnesses like asthma among local children. It’s the same for poor neighborhoods and minority neighborhoods across the country.
Now organizations like Brotherhood Sister Sol have recruited an army of young people to fight against this injustice while teaching their friends and neighbors the importance of saving the planet, which means saving the people who inhabit it.
Katia Spence is one of those young people, a member of BroSis who talks about her work in designing community gardens to be more productive and efficient. She now spreads the word to her friends that, as the people who will inherit the planet, it’s up to the them to keep it safe.