This Black History Month, we're shining a light on environmental justice. Historically, the distribution of environmental benefits and burdens has not been equally divided. Black and brown communities are disproportionately harmed by environmental hazards, a concept termed environmental racism. According to New York Times Magazine, Black Americans are 75 percent more likely than other demographics to live near facilities producing hazardous waste. But there is a powerful history of communities fighting back against these injustices, ranging from protests in Warren County, NC against the dumping of toxic waste in a predominantly black neighborhood to the trash incinerator that spent 45 years creating dangerous levels of air pollution for the black community of West Grove right here in Miami.
Together, we must stand behind communities experiencing environmental racism and continue to fight for everyone's basic human right to a clean environment. This Black History Month, Waterway Advocates challenges readers to expand their education on environmental injustices occurring near you.
100+ Leaders Urge Biden to #PlantNative
On February 1st, Waterway Advocates submitted a letter on behalf of over 100 leaders, urging the Biden-Harris Administration to convert the grounds of the White House, U.S. Capitol, and beyond, to 100% native, pollination-focused, and pesticide-free landscapes.
Read more about these efforts here, and make sure to follow our social media for updates about how we are bringing native green spaces to South Florida!
Waterway Advocates will be temporarily pausing all in-person volunteer events due to continued concerns surrounding COVID-19 and its variants. The wellbeing of our volunteers is always our top priority, and we are using this time to continue expanding upon other initiatives.
There's a lot happening behind-the-scenes as we carry out our mission in meaningful and exciting ways! Staff clean-ups are ongoing, and we'll be sharing more soon about our educational workbooks, specialty recycling projects, and other creative community collaborations.
Introducing Strategic Educational Partnerships
Waterway Advocates is looking to nurture educational opportunities through the introduction of green spaces in local schools. Research suggests access to green spaces is important for children’s overall wellbeing, and may in turn improve academic performance.
Do you know a school in Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach County that would benefit from increased access to nature?
Times are tough. That's why we want to make it easier than ever to give back to our communities. Did you know that you can get rewarded for Bing searches, quizzes, and games, and donate your points to our organization? Start earning your free donation points today, and explore other easy ways to give back here. Thank you for helping us accomplish our goal of protecting our watersheds through meaningful community service and learning opportunities.