Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Where It Takes You

While researching some information on Nashville landmarks for a screenplay I'm writing, I stumbled upon a [presumably long forgotten] web page...

...never mind about a link; publishing it would feel too weird, as if I'm holding back the curtains so that you can peek in someone's living room. I realize that once something is placed in the public domain, the author[s] no longer have control over its transmission or replication, but--well, there it is. At any rate, what I wanted to share with you was this interview with Majora Carter I found after clicking through a series a links initiated by that rogue/lost/unshareable webpage. It's about the kind of environmental activism that most interests me, but least interests most media outlets. It's about Carter's work with Sustainable South Bronx, an organization she heads.

Anyway, check it out. It makes for interesting reading. Particularly the bit at the end, when the interviewer points out something that Carter has been struggling to convince her neighbors of (and see the value in):

Q: That's the irony: People in your community generally have far lower-impact lives than wealthier folks with cars and frequent-flyer lifestyles.

A: Exactly, and yet we don't have a sense of belonging to the environmentalist identity. It's an extremely alienating definition, a serious identity crisis for the movement as far as I'm concerned. It makes low-income communities of color say, "We can't do it, we can't afford it, it's something that we can never aspire to -- nor do we necessarily want to." But it's self-defeating to the point where it's detrimental to our own health.

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