1. FIXING THE STRUGGLE SPACE
  2. SOLAR POLICIES ARE FALLING BEHIND – SO, HOW DO WE CATCH UP?
  3. IS PHILLY’S “TAP” WATER PROGRAM WORKING?
  4. Ian Harris
  5. Melissa Ostroff
  6. THE WATER BILLS ARE WAY TOO HIGH
  7. THE KEY TO APPROACHING FRONTLINE COMMUNITIES ON ALL THINGS GREEN
  8. ICYMI: Watch highlights, panels at ecoWURD’s 2021 Environmental Justice Summit
  9. BLACK MOTHERS NEED CLEANER & SAFER ENVIRONMENTS – IT’S A PUBLIC HEALTH IMPERATIVE
  10. USING DANCE TO SAVE A RIVER
  11. TRACKING PHILADELPHIA’S AIR QUALITY
  12. GETTING RELIGIOUS ON CLIMATE CRISIS
  13. WE NEED MORE BLACK PEOPLE IN AGRICULTURE
  14. WHEN THERE’S NO CLEAN ENVIRONMENT, WE HAVE NOTHING
  15. A PREMATURE END TO EVICTION MORATORIUMS
  16. THE LACK OF BELIEF IN CLIMATE CRISIS IS JUST AS MUCH A THREAT
  17. YOU CAN’T HAVE RACIAL JUSTICE WITHOUT FAIR HOUSING
  18. RUN OVER THE SYSTEMS: THE FUTURE OF ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM
  19. PENNSYLVANIA IS “WAY BEHIND” ON SOLAR. HOW DOES IT CATCH UP?
  20. Pandemic Relief For Black Farmers Still Is Not Enough
  21. A BLUEPRINT FOR THE NEXT URBANISM
  22. THAT ELECTRONIC & CLOTHING WASTE PILES UP. SO WHERE TO PUT IT?
  23. THE WOMB IS THE FIRST ENVIRONMENT
  24. A FRIDGE FOR EVERYONE WHO’S HUNGRY
  25. OLD SCHOOL FOSSIL FUEL ECONOMY VS. NEW SCHOOL CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY
  26. ENVIRONMENTAL INJUSTICE IS THE TOP SOCIAL JUSTICE PRIORITY
  27. IN 2020, DID “BIG GREEN” BECOME LESS WHITE?
  28. CLIMATE ACTION CAN POWER OUR RECOVERY
  29. IN PANDEMIC, AN HBCU DOES IT BETTER
  30. A DANGEROUS LACK OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE PROTECTIONS
  31. HOW FAST CAN A BIDEN PRESIDENCY MOVE ON CLIMATE ISSUES?
  32. CRAFTING A BLACK-DRIVEN CORONAVIRUS AND CLIMATE “STIMULUS” AGENDA
  33. Penn to donate $100 million to Philadelphia school district to help public school children
  34. BLACK ECOLOGIES IN TIDEWATER VIRGINIA
  35. WHAT IS “FROM THE SOURCE REPORTING?”
  36. LEADERSHIP IN ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
  37. THE ECOWURD SUMMIT LAUNCH
  38. National Geographic Virtual Photo Camp: Earth Stories Aimed to Elevate Indigenous Youth Voices
  39. ecoWURD Environmental Justice Summit 2020
  40. TOO MANY NATURAL GAS SPILLS
  41. GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK
  42. BLACK VOTERS ARE THE ECO-VOTERS CLIMATE ACTIVISTS ARE LOOKING FOR
  43. CANNABIS PROFIT & BLACK ECONOMY
  44. THE NATURE GAP
  45. BLACK PEOPLE NEED NATURE
  46. WHAT IS TREEPHILLY?
  47. IS AN OBSCURE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE IN HARRISBURG DOING ENOUGH?
  48. AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTALISM’S RACIST ROOTS
  49. “THERE’S REALLY A LOT OF QUIET SUFFERING OUT THERE
  50. “WE NEED TO GET INTO THE SUPPLY CHAIN”
  51. “AN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW THAT GIVES YOU A VOICE”
  52. URBAN PLANNING AS A TOOL FOR WHITE SUPREMACY
  53. HEAT WAVES REMIND US CLIMATE CHANGE IS STILL HERE
  54. Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land
  55. IN PANDEMIC, MAKING SURE PEOPLE EAT & HOW HBCUs HELP
  56. WE’RE NOT DONE, YET – MORE ACCOUNTABILITY IS NEEDED AT THE PES REFINERY SITE
  57. COVID-19 IS LAYING WASTE TO RECYCLING PROGRAMS
  58. THE PHILADELPHIA HEALTH EQUITY GAPS THAT COVID-19 EXPOSED
  59. THE POWER OF NEW HERBALISM
  60. THERE’S NO RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
  61. ecoWURD Earth Day Summit
  62. ecoWURD Earth Day Summit 2020 Press Release
  63. Too Much Food At Farms, Too Little Food At Stores
  64. THE LINK BETWEEN AIR POLLUTION & COVID-19
  65. CORONAVIRUS REVEALS WHY ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IS STILL THE CRITICAL ISSUE OF OUR TIME
  66. FROM KATRINA TO CORONAVIRUS, WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?
  67. COVID-19 SHOWS A BIGGER IMPACT WHERE BLACK PEOPLE LIVE
  68. THE CORONAVIRUS CONVERSATION HAS GOT TO GET A LOT MORE INCLUSIVE THAN THIS
  69. MEDIA’S CLIMATE CHANGE COVERAGE KEEPS BLACK PEOPLE OUT OF IT
  70. “WE DON’T HAVE A CULTURE OF PREPAREDNESS”
  71. PHILADELPHIA HAS A FOOD ECONOMY
  72. HOW URBAN AGRICULTURE CAN IMPROVE FOOD SECURITY IN U.S. CITIES
  73. MAPPING THE LINK BETWEEN INCARCERATION & FOOD INSECURITY
  74. PHILLY’S JAILS ARE, LITERALLY, MAKING PEOPLE SICK
  75. ecoWURD Environmental Justice Summit 2019
  76. ecoWURD Environmental Justice Summit
  77. “We Can’t Breathe: Zulene Mayfield’s Lifelong War with Waste ‘Managers’”
  78. “Is The Black Press Reporting on Environmental Issues?” by David Love
  79. “The Dangerous Connection Between Climate Change & Food” an interview with Jacqueline Patterson and Adrienne Hollis
  80. “An Oil Refinery Explosion That Was Never Isolated” by Charles Ellison
  81. “Philly Should Be Going ‘Community Solar'” an interview w/ PA Rep. Donna Bullock
  82. “Is The Litter Index Enough?” an interview w/ Nic Esposito
  83. “How Sugarcane Fires in Florida Are Making Black People Sick” an interview w/ Frank Biden
  84. Philly Farm Social – Video and Pictures
  85. #PHILLYFARMSOCIAL GETS REAL IN THE FIELD
  86. THE LACK OF DIVERSE LEADERS IN THE GREEN SPACE Environmental Advocacy Organizations – especially the “Big Green” – Really Need More Black & Brown People in Senior Positions
  87. PLASTIC BAG BANS CAN BACKFIRE … WHEN YOU HAVE OTHER PLASTICS TO CHOOSE FROM
  88. WE REALLY NEED POLITICAL STRATEGISTS LEADING ON CLIMATE CHANGE – NOT ACADEMICS
  89. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS IN A MUCH MORE CLIMATIC WORLD
  90. A SMALL GERMANTOWN NON-PROFIT “TRADES FOR A DIFFERENCE”
  91. IS PHILLY BLAMING ITS TRASH & RECYCLING CRISIS ON BLACK PEOPLE?
  92. BUT WHAT DOES THE GREEN NEW DEAL MEAN FOR BLACK PEOPLE?
  93. HOW GREEN IS PHILLY’S “GREENWORKS” PLAN?
  94. The Future of Work in Philly’s Green Economy event recap #ecoWURD #phillyisgreen
  95. Bike-friendly cities should be designed for everyone, not just for wealthy white cyclists
  96. RENAMING “GENTRIFICATION”
  97. FOUR GOVERNORS, ONE URBAN WATERSHED IN NEED OF ACTION
  98. JUST HOW BAD IS THE AIR HURTING PHILLY’S BLACK FAMILIES?
  99. EcoWURD Presents:The Future of Work in Philly’s Green Economy
  100. IF YOU ARE LOW-INCOME OR HOMELESS, THE POLAR VORTEX IS LIKE A FORM OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
  101. NOT JUST FLINT: THE WATER CRISIS IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY
  102. DO THE TRAINS STOP RUNNING? THE SHUTDOWN’S IMPACT ON MASS TRANSIT
  103. BLACK WOMEN & THE TROUBLE WITH BABY POWDER
  104. A WHITE COLLAR CRIME VICTIMIZING NICETOWN
  105. IN NORTH CAROLINA, CLIMATE CHANGE & VOTER SUPPRESSION WORKED HAND-IN-HAND
  106. LOW-INCOME NEIGHBORHOODS WOULD GAIN THE MOST FROM GREEN ROOFS
  107. YOUR OWN HOOD: CLOSING THE GENERATIONAL GREEN DIVIDE IN BLACK PHILADELPHIA
  108. THE PRICE OF WATER: LITERAL & FIGURATIVE THIRST AT WORK
  109. THAT CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT TRUMP DIDN’T WANT YOU TO SEE? YEAH, WELL, IT’S THE LAW
  110. RACIAL & ETHNIC MINORITIES ARE MORE VULNERABLE TO WILDFIRES
  111. NO IFS, ANDS OR BUTTS Philly Has a Cigarette Butt Problem
  112. HOW SUSTAINABLE CAN PHILLY GET?
  113. USING AFROFUTURISM TO BUILD THE KIND OF WORLD YOU WANT
  114. UNCOVERING PHILLY’S HIDDEN TOXIC DANGERS …
  115. WILL THE ENVIRONMENT DRIVE VOTERS TO THE POLLS? (PART I)
  116. ARE PHILLY SCHOOLS READY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE?
  117. 🎧 SEPTA CREATES A GAS PROBLEM IN NORTH PHILLY
  118. 🎧 BREAKING THE GREEN RETAIL CEILING
  119. That’s Nasty: The Cost of Trash in Philly
  120. 🎧 How Can You Solarize Philly?
  121. 🎧 “The Environment Should Be an Active, Living Experience”
  122. Philly’s Lead Crisis Is Larger Than Flint’s
  123. Despite What You Heard, Black Millennials Do Care About the Environment
  124. Hurricanes Always Hurt Black Folks the Most
  125. Are You Going to Drink That?
  126. The Origins of ecoWURD
  127. We Seriously Need More Black Climate Disaster Films
  128. 🎧 Why Should Philly Care About a Pipeline?
  129. 🎧 Not Just Hotter Days Ahead… Costly Ones Too
  130. Philly’s Big and Dangerous Hot Mess
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
  1. FIXING THE STRUGGLE SPACE
  2. SOLAR POLICIES ARE FALLING BEHIND – SO, HOW DO WE CATCH UP?
  3. IS PHILLY’S “TAP” WATER PROGRAM WORKING?
  4. Ian Harris
  5. Melissa Ostroff
  6. THE WATER BILLS ARE WAY TOO HIGH
  7. THE KEY TO APPROACHING FRONTLINE COMMUNITIES ON ALL THINGS GREEN
  8. ICYMI: Watch highlights, panels at ecoWURD’s 2021 Environmental Justice Summit
  9. BLACK MOTHERS NEED CLEANER & SAFER ENVIRONMENTS – IT’S A PUBLIC HEALTH IMPERATIVE
  10. USING DANCE TO SAVE A RIVER
  11. TRACKING PHILADELPHIA’S AIR QUALITY
  12. GETTING RELIGIOUS ON CLIMATE CRISIS
  13. WE NEED MORE BLACK PEOPLE IN AGRICULTURE
  14. WHEN THERE’S NO CLEAN ENVIRONMENT, WE HAVE NOTHING
  15. A PREMATURE END TO EVICTION MORATORIUMS
  16. THE LACK OF BELIEF IN CLIMATE CRISIS IS JUST AS MUCH A THREAT
  17. YOU CAN’T HAVE RACIAL JUSTICE WITHOUT FAIR HOUSING
  18. RUN OVER THE SYSTEMS: THE FUTURE OF ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM
  19. PENNSYLVANIA IS “WAY BEHIND” ON SOLAR. HOW DOES IT CATCH UP?
  20. Pandemic Relief For Black Farmers Still Is Not Enough
  21. A BLUEPRINT FOR THE NEXT URBANISM
  22. THAT ELECTRONIC & CLOTHING WASTE PILES UP. SO WHERE TO PUT IT?
  23. THE WOMB IS THE FIRST ENVIRONMENT
  24. A FRIDGE FOR EVERYONE WHO’S HUNGRY
  25. OLD SCHOOL FOSSIL FUEL ECONOMY VS. NEW SCHOOL CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY
  26. ENVIRONMENTAL INJUSTICE IS THE TOP SOCIAL JUSTICE PRIORITY
  27. IN 2020, DID “BIG GREEN” BECOME LESS WHITE?
  28. CLIMATE ACTION CAN POWER OUR RECOVERY
  29. IN PANDEMIC, AN HBCU DOES IT BETTER
  30. A DANGEROUS LACK OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE PROTECTIONS
  31. HOW FAST CAN A BIDEN PRESIDENCY MOVE ON CLIMATE ISSUES?
  32. CRAFTING A BLACK-DRIVEN CORONAVIRUS AND CLIMATE “STIMULUS” AGENDA
  33. Penn to donate $100 million to Philadelphia school district to help public school children
  34. BLACK ECOLOGIES IN TIDEWATER VIRGINIA
  35. WHAT IS “FROM THE SOURCE REPORTING?”
  36. LEADERSHIP IN ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
  37. THE ECOWURD SUMMIT LAUNCH
  38. National Geographic Virtual Photo Camp: Earth Stories Aimed to Elevate Indigenous Youth Voices
  39. ecoWURD Environmental Justice Summit 2020
  40. TOO MANY NATURAL GAS SPILLS
  41. GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK
  42. BLACK VOTERS ARE THE ECO-VOTERS CLIMATE ACTIVISTS ARE LOOKING FOR
  43. CANNABIS PROFIT & BLACK ECONOMY
  44. THE NATURE GAP
  45. BLACK PEOPLE NEED NATURE
  46. WHAT IS TREEPHILLY?
  47. IS AN OBSCURE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE IN HARRISBURG DOING ENOUGH?
  48. AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTALISM’S RACIST ROOTS
  49. “THERE’S REALLY A LOT OF QUIET SUFFERING OUT THERE
  50. “WE NEED TO GET INTO THE SUPPLY CHAIN”
  51. “AN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW THAT GIVES YOU A VOICE”
  52. URBAN PLANNING AS A TOOL FOR WHITE SUPREMACY
  53. HEAT WAVES REMIND US CLIMATE CHANGE IS STILL HERE
  54. Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land
  55. IN PANDEMIC, MAKING SURE PEOPLE EAT & HOW HBCUs HELP
  56. WE’RE NOT DONE, YET – MORE ACCOUNTABILITY IS NEEDED AT THE PES REFINERY SITE
  57. COVID-19 IS LAYING WASTE TO RECYCLING PROGRAMS
  58. THE PHILADELPHIA HEALTH EQUITY GAPS THAT COVID-19 EXPOSED
  59. THE POWER OF NEW HERBALISM
  60. THERE’S NO RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
  61. ecoWURD Earth Day Summit
  62. ecoWURD Earth Day Summit 2020 Press Release
  63. Too Much Food At Farms, Too Little Food At Stores
  64. THE LINK BETWEEN AIR POLLUTION & COVID-19
  65. CORONAVIRUS REVEALS WHY ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IS STILL THE CRITICAL ISSUE OF OUR TIME
  66. FROM KATRINA TO CORONAVIRUS, WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?
  67. COVID-19 SHOWS A BIGGER IMPACT WHERE BLACK PEOPLE LIVE
  68. THE CORONAVIRUS CONVERSATION HAS GOT TO GET A LOT MORE INCLUSIVE THAN THIS
  69. MEDIA’S CLIMATE CHANGE COVERAGE KEEPS BLACK PEOPLE OUT OF IT
  70. “WE DON’T HAVE A CULTURE OF PREPAREDNESS”
  71. PHILADELPHIA HAS A FOOD ECONOMY
  72. HOW URBAN AGRICULTURE CAN IMPROVE FOOD SECURITY IN U.S. CITIES
  73. MAPPING THE LINK BETWEEN INCARCERATION & FOOD INSECURITY
  74. PHILLY’S JAILS ARE, LITERALLY, MAKING PEOPLE SICK
  75. ecoWURD Environmental Justice Summit 2019
  76. ecoWURD Environmental Justice Summit
  77. “We Can’t Breathe: Zulene Mayfield’s Lifelong War with Waste ‘Managers’”
  78. “Is The Black Press Reporting on Environmental Issues?” by David Love
  79. “The Dangerous Connection Between Climate Change & Food” an interview with Jacqueline Patterson and Adrienne Hollis
  80. “An Oil Refinery Explosion That Was Never Isolated” by Charles Ellison
  81. “Philly Should Be Going ‘Community Solar'” an interview w/ PA Rep. Donna Bullock
  82. “Is The Litter Index Enough?” an interview w/ Nic Esposito
  83. “How Sugarcane Fires in Florida Are Making Black People Sick” an interview w/ Frank Biden
  84. Philly Farm Social – Video and Pictures
  85. #PHILLYFARMSOCIAL GETS REAL IN THE FIELD
  86. THE LACK OF DIVERSE LEADERS IN THE GREEN SPACE Environmental Advocacy Organizations – especially the “Big Green” – Really Need More Black & Brown People in Senior Positions
  87. PLASTIC BAG BANS CAN BACKFIRE … WHEN YOU HAVE OTHER PLASTICS TO CHOOSE FROM
  88. WE REALLY NEED POLITICAL STRATEGISTS LEADING ON CLIMATE CHANGE – NOT ACADEMICS
  89. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS IN A MUCH MORE CLIMATIC WORLD
  90. A SMALL GERMANTOWN NON-PROFIT “TRADES FOR A DIFFERENCE”
  91. IS PHILLY BLAMING ITS TRASH & RECYCLING CRISIS ON BLACK PEOPLE?
  92. BUT WHAT DOES THE GREEN NEW DEAL MEAN FOR BLACK PEOPLE?
  93. HOW GREEN IS PHILLY’S “GREENWORKS” PLAN?
  94. The Future of Work in Philly’s Green Economy event recap #ecoWURD #phillyisgreen
  95. Bike-friendly cities should be designed for everyone, not just for wealthy white cyclists
  96. RENAMING “GENTRIFICATION”
  97. FOUR GOVERNORS, ONE URBAN WATERSHED IN NEED OF ACTION
  98. JUST HOW BAD IS THE AIR HURTING PHILLY’S BLACK FAMILIES?
  99. EcoWURD Presents:The Future of Work in Philly’s Green Economy
  100. IF YOU ARE LOW-INCOME OR HOMELESS, THE POLAR VORTEX IS LIKE A FORM OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
  101. NOT JUST FLINT: THE WATER CRISIS IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY
  102. DO THE TRAINS STOP RUNNING? THE SHUTDOWN’S IMPACT ON MASS TRANSIT
  103. BLACK WOMEN & THE TROUBLE WITH BABY POWDER
  104. A WHITE COLLAR CRIME VICTIMIZING NICETOWN
  105. IN NORTH CAROLINA, CLIMATE CHANGE & VOTER SUPPRESSION WORKED HAND-IN-HAND
  106. LOW-INCOME NEIGHBORHOODS WOULD GAIN THE MOST FROM GREEN ROOFS
  107. YOUR OWN HOOD: CLOSING THE GENERATIONAL GREEN DIVIDE IN BLACK PHILADELPHIA
  108. THE PRICE OF WATER: LITERAL & FIGURATIVE THIRST AT WORK
  109. THAT CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT TRUMP DIDN’T WANT YOU TO SEE? YEAH, WELL, IT’S THE LAW
  110. RACIAL & ETHNIC MINORITIES ARE MORE VULNERABLE TO WILDFIRES
  111. NO IFS, ANDS OR BUTTS Philly Has a Cigarette Butt Problem
  112. HOW SUSTAINABLE CAN PHILLY GET?
  113. USING AFROFUTURISM TO BUILD THE KIND OF WORLD YOU WANT
  114. UNCOVERING PHILLY’S HIDDEN TOXIC DANGERS …
  115. WILL THE ENVIRONMENT DRIVE VOTERS TO THE POLLS? (PART I)
  116. ARE PHILLY SCHOOLS READY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE?
  117. 🎧 SEPTA CREATES A GAS PROBLEM IN NORTH PHILLY
  118. 🎧 BREAKING THE GREEN RETAIL CEILING
  119. That’s Nasty: The Cost of Trash in Philly
  120. 🎧 How Can You Solarize Philly?
  121. 🎧 “The Environment Should Be an Active, Living Experience”
  122. Philly’s Lead Crisis Is Larger Than Flint’s
  123. Despite What You Heard, Black Millennials Do Care About the Environment
  124. Hurricanes Always Hurt Black Folks the Most
  125. Are You Going to Drink That?
  126. The Origins of ecoWURD
  127. We Seriously Need More Black Climate Disaster Films
  128. 🎧 Why Should Philly Care About a Pipeline?
  129. 🎧 Not Just Hotter Days Ahead… Costly Ones Too
  130. Philly’s Big and Dangerous Hot Mess

But maybe you’re not hearing or watching us

We’ve heard it all.

We’re spoiled. We’re entitled. We’re overly confident.

Every week there’s another article about another industry that millenials “killed.”

“Millennials kill avocado toast.”

“Millennials kill department stores.”

“Millennials kill Hooters.”

Eh, not all of them are an actual loss.

So many of these labels are hurled in our direction that many of us have grown to resent the term “millennial” itself.  

But of all those nicknames and labels, “conscious” is one that never finds its way toward describing our generation. Whether it be socially or politically, society rarely appreciates how much we are or could be. That’s especially the case when being “eco-conscious.”

Studies show that we thrift more often than any previous generation. From AirBnb to coworking spaces, we are the chiefs – the originators, it seems – of resource sharing.

We are a generation thoroughly invested in personal wellness, the wellness of the planet and how both spheres intersect. Many of us eat vegan – in fact, according to Forbes, 70 percent of the world’s population is eating less meat because of us. And from our food to our make-up we tend to support brands that are cruelty-free, as well as eco-friendly.  

Rather than “ruining” the environment, as our critics like to say, we’re the ones most likely acting to save it in our daily routines. This isn’t just because we know better. It’s because we’re forced to. With the high levels of unemployment, jobs with lower wages and crippling student loan debt, our side hustles have side hustles.

We are experts at adapting.

And while sustainability is being called the “new black,” it’s not new to Black people. Though the young and the White tend to be poster-kids for all things green and gluten-free, minimalism  and sustainability has been a proud Black practice in this country out of necessity and survival … thanks to white supremacy.

With this current administration, for example, there’s an increased sense of urgency surrounding climate change.

A few months into the Trump presidency, and he quickly announced his plan to remove the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.  The multi-national agreement within the United Nations is meant to combat the effects of climate change by regulating emissions. Every other nation gets it … and we, too, got it for a moment until he arrived on the scene.  But in this new world, the EPA announced that it plans on repealing the coal pollution rules instituted by former President Barack Obama.

As Black Millennials, we understand the gravity of these decisions in a way no one else does.  While climate change is discussed across all communities, people of color tend to bear the brunt of the impact. If this is what the future looks like, you should understand why we’re stressed.

In Black communities,  we are more likely to be exposed to air pollution. In fact, race plays a larger role in exposure than income, age or education.  Due to this, one in six African American children have asthma. Black children are five times more likely than White children to have lead poisoning.

What does that mean for Black Millennials in the U.S.? For the children and grandchildren of the redlined?

Not only do those environmental disparities affect us based on race, but they are also as underreported as the efforts of Black people, especially young Black people, who are in the green space fighting them.

That’s an everyday fight – and a fight we can’t choose to ignore or walk away from. The state of the environment follows us everywhere we go. The quality of the planet’s health or the madness of human beings who try to destroy it is directly attributed to the color of our skin, in some strange and horribly insane way. We’re breathing dirtier air because of it, we’re drinking or bathing in dirtier water because of it. As a result, this is not, exclusively, a “White people’s problem.” Many activists may not call themselves “environmentalists” or “climate activists,” but their work falls in line with environmental justice.

Black Lives Matter, which is in many ways an extension of movements generations before us, continues to expand what valuing and protecting  Black lives means. Activists fight at the intersections of Blackness and womanhood, queerness, physical and mental wellness, economics and the environment.

Or as activist Sarra Tekola put it for Green America “These issues are all connected, so you can’t solve climate change if we do not also solve other inequities.”

“Eric Garner died because he couldn’t breathe [after being put in a banned chokehold by New York City police], and there are so many kids in communities of color who are dying because they can’t breathe [from coal pollution]. In the end, I think everyone who heard us realized that, and it was a very powerful moment.”

Young Black people are holding the government and the public accountable for the Flint water crisis in Michigan or they’re standing in solidarity with indigenous tribes at Standing Rock to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline.

In Philadelphia, you see this in the fight against food apartheid and fresh food access with organizations like Philly Urban Creators. Creators uses “food, art & celebration, and political education as tools to nurture resilience, self-determination, equity, and youth empowerment in frontline communities.”

Or North Philly Peace Park , a “neighborhood-managed campus championing food, education and community.” The entire design of the park is influenced by Afrofuturism, which is the imagining of the future through an African Diasporic lens.

In fact, studies show that despite the socio-political inequalities that Black millennials face, they are very optimistic about their future. More optimistic than their White counterparts. “With a heightened sense of control over their future, [Black millennials] have the most faith that their hard work will pay off,” was the conclusion in a 2017 joint University of Texas and Richard/Lerma advertising agency study.

There is hope that the world we fight for will be able to sustain the generations after us.

And in more ways than one.