Tamara “Proof of Consciousness” Russell (P.O.C.) is an up-and-coming radio star. She is the founder and host of REVIVE RADIO and was a 2022-2023 Lenfest Constellation News Leadership Initiative fellow. P.O.C. is a fierce advocate for young people and always keeps community at the forefront of her work. She served as an intern for Solomon Jones on Wake Up With WURD and we now welcome her as the new host of ecoWURD.
We asked P.O.C. a couple of questions so that listeners can get to know her. P.O.C.’s first show as host of ecoWURD will air Friday, July 28 at 10 am on WURD Radio.
What are you most excited about as the new host of ecoWURD magazine?
As the new host of the ecoWURD radio show and magazine, I am beyond excited to bring fresh and vibrant flavors to the listeners’ ears! What thrills me the most is the opportunity to explore and share innovative ideas and perspectives on sustainability, environmental justice, and eco-conscious living.
I can’t wait to engage with our diverse audience, inspiring them to take action and positively impact the environment. Through thought-provoking discussions, interviews with eco-changemakers, and interactive segments, we’ll create a dynamic platform for raising awareness and empowering our community to embrace eco-friendly practices.
Being part of the WURD radio team allows me to amplify underrepresented voices, advocating for environmental justice and equitable solutions. Together, we’ll celebrate successes, discover new opportunities, and encourage collaborations that lead to tangible change.
As a young new voice on WURD radio, my passion for sustainability and my commitment to making a difference will infuse ecoWURD with energy and enthusiasm. I’m ready to dive in, explore, and share the endless possibilities for creating a greener, more sustainable future for all. Let’s embark on this exciting journey together!
What is your earliest memory of nature?
My earliest memory of nature is when I was just a little kid playing outside with my friends. We were running around, playing sports, and having so much fun! The sun was shining, and the sky was blue. I remember feeling so happy and free, running around and laughing with friends.
One of my absolute favorite memories was when my family took me to Virginia Beach for the first time. I loved the beach! I built sandcastles and collected seashells.
Nature has always been my happy place, where I feel alive and joyful. Those early memories of playing outside and loving the water are some of the best moments of my life!
What role do you believe individuals can play in mitigating climate change?
As a black woman, I believe individuals hold significant power in mitigating climate change. We can start by making sustainable choices in our daily lives, such as reducing waste, conserving energy, and supporting eco-friendly products. Additionally, advocating for environmental justice is essential, as climate change disproportionately impacts marginalized communities, including black and indigenous people. We can work towards a more inclusive and fair approach to environmental protection by amplifying their voices and demanding equitable policies. Education and raising awareness within our communities are also crucial. Together, we can create a collective impact, encouraging governments and corporations to prioritize climate action and embrace renewable energy solutions. Embracing our interconnectedness with nature, we can pave the way for a sustainable and thriving future for all.
What are some eco-friendly habits you practice personally?
Living in an apartment with diverse perspectives on environmental matters can be challenging, but I do my best to incorporate eco-friendly habits into my daily life. Firstly, I always reduce waste by recycling diligently and composting when possible. I’ve also switched to reusable bags and containers for grocery shopping and food storage, minimizing single-use plastics. To conserve energy, I turn off lights, electronics, and appliances when not in use and try to use natural light during the day. Water conservation is also crucial, so I fix leaks promptly and use a water-saving showerhead.
Additionally, I’ve started buying eco-friendly and cruelty-free products to support sustainable practices. While not everyone in my apartment shares these habits, I hope my actions inspire others to consider making more eco-conscious choices. Small changes can collectively make a big difference for the environment.
Why do you think it’s important to care about the environment and climate change?
As a black millennial just starting life, caring about the environment and climate change is essential for several reasons. Firstly, we inherit the consequences of past actions and decisions regarding the environment, which significantly impact our present and future well-being. Climate change poses serious threats to our communities, affecting weather patterns, food security, and access to clean water.
Secondly, environmental issues disproportionately affect marginalized communities, including black communities, leading to ecological injustices. By caring about the environment, we can advocate for equitable solutions and create a more just and sustainable future for all.
As the next generation, we have the power to drive change. Embracing eco-friendly practices and supporting sustainable initiatives can make a meaningful impact in conserving natural resources and preserving the planet for future generations.
Ultimately, caring about the environment and climate change is not just about the Earth’s health; it’s about ensuring a better and more inclusive world for ourselves and those who will come after us. It’s a responsibility and an opportunity for us to be stewards of the planet and champions for environmental justice.