EXPLORING THE GREEN DIVIDE
#ecoWURD is a multimedia environmental justice journalism initiative examining Black communities struggling at the intersection of race, income & the environment.
ecoWURD is a production of WURD Digital. The ecoWURD team is comprised of a talented group of thought leaders, reporters and journalists who will aggressively tackle the “Green Divide” in places like Philadelphia and beyond through in-depth investigative articles, audio and video content and photography. ecoWURD also represents the thirteenth First Fleet Newsroom that runs on Civil, an innovative new decentralized marketplace for sustainable journalism using blockchain and cryptocurrency technology to support independent media.
Reporting and conversations on ecoWURD center on the manifestation of unequal green space. That will entail a deeper examination of Black life in the context of its inextricable link to the surrounding environment. Philadelphia will serve as a prime example of this link, as it remains the poorest big city in the United States, a majority-Black urban center of 1.6 million people where African American residents are perpetually battling broader issues of air quality, water quality, residential displacement, pollution, climate change and toxicity. These challenges both instigate and aggravate stubborn racial and socioeconomic disparities.
The mission of ecoWURD is to report on how environmental issues uniquely impact Black communities across the nation.