Greening the ghetto by Majora Carter

Unfortunately, race and class are extremely reliable indicators as to where one might find the good stuff, like parks and trees, and where one might find the bad stuff, like power plants and waste facilities.

In this passionate TED talk, Majora Carter highlights why social justice needs to be a foundation of environmental sustainability, community engagement and strengths-based approaches, and also highlights the importance of bottom-up approaches.

She doesn’t actually talk about strengths-based approaches, but her work would certainly resonate with many people who adopt asset-based community-driven development and other strengths-based approaches to working with communities.

It’s worth reading more about Bogota (the capital of Colombia) and some of the changes it has made that she mentions towards the end of her talk.

If you liked this post you might want to follow my blog (top right-hand corner of the blog), and you might like to look at:

  1. Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA
  2. A story of two communities
  3. Ethics and community engagement
  4. Bottom-up community development
  5. 10 things I’ve learnt about strengths-based community engagement
  6. Encouraging cycling

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), environmentalist, Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace & sustainability.
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