This week, we were visited by Anna Orozco who works at Uprose – a grassroots organization dedicated to environmental sustainability and environmental justice. We began our time with Anna by making a “spider web” out of string to illustrate how catastrophic climate events make it difficult for the earth to sustain itself. A student in the center of the “web” as the “spider” attempted to keep the web intact as Anna walked around snipping string with scissors to exemplify different environmental disasters.
Following that, we reviewed the Greenhouse Effect and the human activity that causes it. We discussed Environmental Racism; how people living in low-income neighborhoods that are close to factories and highways or low-income neighborhoods that are closest to the water (such as the areas in New Orleans damaged during Hurricane Katrina) are the most vulnerable to environmental damage and are provided the least amount of government protection.
Anna finished her session with us by discussing what we could do in the fight for climate justice; encourage renewable resources, work as a community to create safety plans for environmental disasters, and continue the discussion of climate change and the people it effects the most with our friends and family.