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

At the end of Goodie Mob’s legendary track “Beautiful Skin,” which appeared on the group’s soulful second studio album Still Standing, group member Big Gipp unleashed an agitated rant about neighborhood cleanliness not typically heard on Hip-Hop albums of the late ‘90’s:

“I’m so sick of seein’ trash on the damn streets, man. I’m sick of ya’ll folk comin’ up outta the store and takin’ your lil candy out and  throwin’ your lil’ paper, it’s f*ckin up the hood.” – Big Gipp.

Gipp clearly had enough of the common trope of young Black men gathering on the street to pour garden variety hood libations in celebration of the dead. He instead admonishes Black people for their negative environmental impact, once again hammering home his larger point:

“We’re f*ckin’ up our own hood.”

While Big Gipp was observing from his Atlanta perch some 20 years ago, that stance still has relevance and resonance as we march forward into the 21st Century. How we discard of trash, recycle plastics and glass, and dispose of cigarette butts goes far deeper than the idea of visual aesthetics. What we do as citizens whether we’re on our stoops, backyard, or in the street has far-reaching implications. It seems harmless to think that tossing the aluminum foil wrapper from a piece of gum onto the ground can lead to drastic changes to the environment.

But it does.

Earth911.com’s Becky Hammad wrote in October 2017 “Recycling Mysteries: Candy Wrappers” to examine the biodegradability, or lack thereof, of candy and gum wrappers. Hammad spoke with Detroit packaging consultant Sterling Anthony, who supported Hammad’s findings that candy and gum wrappers are not fit for recycling thus raising their potential as environmental hazards.

Wrote Hammad:

Packaging consultant Sterling Anthony says it all comes down to the state of the recyclable materials market.

“PET plastic, the plastic used for most water and soft drinks, is made from one material, and that material can be broken down into materials that can be used for other items. So, there’s a market for it,” Anthony says.

Because plastic bottles can be recovered easily and economically, and there’s a healthy end-use market for their recovered materials, waste management facilities have an incentive for their collection and processing. However, candy wrappers are usually made up of mixed materials, making the recovery of useful materials difficult and expensive.

As a result, most waste management companies, manufacturers and municipal recycling facilities tend to turn their backs from candy wrappers.

Admittedly, it is frustrating to watch persons both young and old using the ground as their garbage bin – when there’s one standing right in front of them. Even with advances from companies such as Nashville Wraps and ClearBags offering biodegradable candy packaging options, getting many Philadelphians to stop discarding waste in a casual manner will present steep challenges.
Readers of a certain age will recall a time when our elders would take a moment out of their day to sweep porches, sidewalks, curbs, and even water drains to make certain that garbage didn’t fester. For them, the practice may have been born of trash simply being unsightly, but it aided the environment tremendously.

With some of those traditions going the wayside as our older loved ones age, the generations that came after have yet to embrace the importance of environmental soundness and – as Overbook Educational Environmental Center executive director Jerome Shabazz reflected via ecoWURD previously – Black people being “the original environmentalists.” From the farmlands of the Deep South to the densely-populated inner cities many of us chose to dwell, there was a true sense of what waste management and overall cleanliness meant to all.

This idea that caring about the environment is something only crunchy White college grads “slumming it in the hood” do has to change. Black Philadelphia has forgotten that it isn’t just about pride and loving the hood as it were, but it’s also about wanting to protect future generations from our mistakes. If we wish to shield Philly and the world from further environmental damage, Generations X, Millennials (Generation Y in some circles), and the surging Generation Z will have to form consensus beyond basic linear approaches.

The Philadelphia Citizen uncovered in an August 2018 piece “Clean Up, Philly” that the city was the largest in the nation without street cleaning. A city with 1.6 million residents and growing doesn’t have basic services in place to keep streets clean. The Citizen’s piece highlights the problems most city governments have when it comes to handling trash and litter. As Mayor Jim Kenney employed his top-level trash task force known as the Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet, while launching another series of studies under the city’s GovLab arm (close to impossible to find), it becomes clear the city is concerned with waste management, litter reduction, and trash removal – but it hasn’t addressed the mindset triggering these issues, or how it got that way in the first place. Resources that could be applied to aid in better outreach or provide easier pathways to solutions versus navigating Phila.gov’s massive website and its myriad twists and turns.

This is what Big Gipp was saying. It will take a Herculean effort to get a whole community as fed up as he was. Perhaps, with some guidance from leaders, activists, the city, and most of all concerned citizens wanting to beautify and sustain their respective hoods, we can shift the tide towards a greener, and safer city landscape in the decades to come.