06 Jun '12, 11am

Greening the ghetto: From survival to sustainability

Greening the ghetto: From survival to sustainability

If you live in a community plagued by violence, poverty, and health problems, it can be hard to see our collective ecological crisis as more pressing than the everyday crisis of survival. That’s the problem artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, founder of the national Youth Speaks poetry program, set out to tackle with his Life is Living festivals, which he describes as an effort to “green the ghetto” by asking first, “What sustains life in your community?” The festivals have been held in Chicago, New York, and Houston, and happen every year in Oakland, where Joseph lives. They bring together artists, philanthropists, environmentalists, community organizers, social service organizations — “folks who share values but have different modalities — around this one value, which is life.”

Full article: http://grist.org/cities/greening-the-ghetto-from-survival...

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