Harlem-based WE ACT has documented its work in a timely new book that highlights the diverse actions taken by communities of faith to address climate change through stewardship, advocacy, spirituality and justice.
Sacred Acts by Mallory McDuff contains stories from across North America of contemporary church leaders, parishioners and religious activists who are working to define a new environmental movement, where honoring the Creator means protecting the planet. WE ACT’s work is featured due to their leadership in the NYC-based collaborative group Faith Leaders for Environmental Justice. Continue reading
Janusphere Dance Company
Choreographed by Danielle Genest.
Film Screening:The Great Warming
Visually stunning, The Great Warming takes us on four continents, in eight countries to show how the consequences of global warming are already being felt around the world.
Narrated by Alanis Morissete & Keanu Reeves. Continue reading
On March 30, 2009 the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) will celebrate its 10-year anniversary by presenting a conference and forum in collaboration with WE ACT for Environmental Justice, featuring key research findings and progress in community outreach and translation, and working towards needed policy changes for the next decade.
Guest Speaker: Lisa Jackson, EPA Administrator
Moderated by NPR’s Brian Lehrer
Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University
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Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health
Mailman School of Public Health
100 Haven Avenue, Tower III, Suite 25F
New York, NY 10032
At 7 a.m. on Martin Luther King Day, 1988, the founders of the soon to be formed West Harlem Environmental Action (WEACT) donned gas masks and placards, and held up traffic on the West Side Highway in front of the North River Sewage Treatment Plant. For the two years since it opened, the sewage plant had plagued the Harlem community with foul odors and noxious emissions that residents blamed for their respiratory problems.
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The office of state Assemblymember Herman “Denny” Farrell and members of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, a leading advocate for environmental justice for two decades, led a community planning meeting, or charrette, last Saturday, September 20 on the future of the Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot. The goal of the meeting was to work to prevent the problems of the past with air pollution, soot, traffic, bus idling — and their correlation with Harlem’s high asthma rate — when the depot, an obsolete century-old trolley house, is rebuilt on its current site on 146th Street The meeting, organized by the Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot Task Force at the A. Philip Randolph Senior Center in Central Harlem, was a resounding success. About 170 community residents turned out not only to hear Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials and professional architects and planners give their expertise – but to provide their own valuable input on ways to make the new depot more environmentally friendly, based on their negative experiences with the old depot. The depot site is across from the Randolph Senior Center, a day care center, and the Esplanade Gardens complex.
The Harlem Food and Fitness Consortium (HFFC), which includes WE ACT for Environmental Justice, a leading advocate for environmental justice for two decades, and numerous other community groups, is sponsoring a Town Hall meeting on the need for more and better supermarkets in Harlem – particularly East and Central Harlem. The Town Hall meeting will take place Wednesday, September 24. Child care and refreshments will be provided. Continue reading
Northern Manhattan CARE Collaborative Members To Confront Health Risks in Area
WE ACT for Environmental Justice, a leading advocate for environmental justice for two decades, will be conducting a bus tour of Northern Manhattan on Wednesday, July 9 to observe toxic sites in the area from a public health perspective and to consider ideas to restore some of them as community resources, just like several historic Harlem sites to also featured be on the tour. Continue reading