by Alyssa Leavy & Bashira Muhammad | Zoom Out Mycology
20. Kari Fulton, inspired by a trip to the Ninth Ward following Hurricane Katrina, brought that sense of service back to D.C. with a grant for community projects. Kari’s greatest strength is her commitment to meeting people halfway on environmental issues; whether your interest is fashion, journalism or music, she will look for a way to weave eco-friendly practices into your life. Fulton was recently appointed as the Interim Director of the Environmental Justice and Climate Change (EJCC) Initiative, a coalition of leading organizations and voices for climate justice.
Fun Fact: Kari follows the work of Robert Bullard, known as the father of environmental justice, and quotes his message that “if you breathe the air... you’re an environmentalist.”
by Bashira Muhammad & Alyssa Leavy | Zoom Out Mycology
According to Daryl Michael Scott, Professor of History at Howard University and Vice President of Program for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Black History Month grew our of Carter G. Woodson's belief that publishing scientific history would transform race relations by dispelling the wide-spread falsehoods about the achievements of Africans and peoples of African descent. Woodson wanted to popularize the findings that were published in his scientific journal, "The Journal of Negro History". He teamed up with Black civic organizations and his fraternity brothers, in Omega Psi Phi, to make the information more widespread than ever and they achieved that goal. With Black people migrating North and West in the United States, demand for Black History in bigger and more progressive cities and the schools increased. In 2018, Zoom Out Mycology, a Black owned company, is keeping up with that tradition of popularizing the history and scientific achievements made by Black people as a whole because they've impacted and inspired us in so many ways. But remember, Woodson wanted Negro History Week to be a culmination of what was learned all year. We post articles related to the progression and sustainability of the Black community year-round in our Environmental Justice Column! Check it out here.
Have you read the precursor to this post? Read Part 1 here.
10. Ibrahim Abdul-Matin helped found the Brooklyn Academy for Science and the Environment. He has served as the sustainability policy advisor to Mayor Bloomberg and as the Director of Community Affairs at the NYC DEP. Mr. Abdul-Matin wrote “Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet”, which explores how faith and environmentalism intersect. He has worked with Green for All, Green City Force, Interfaith Leaders for Environmental Justice, the NYC Mayor's Office of Long Term Planning & Sustainability and the International Living Future Institute.
Fun Fact: He is a former instructor for Outward Bound, a global program that brings inner city students out to the wilderness, teaching leadership, resilience and communication.
by Alyssa Leavy & Bashira Muhammad | Zoom Out Mycology
Zoom Out Mycology is honoring black environmentalists everyday in February on our Instagram page to celebrate Black History Month. These pioneers have brought their passion for justice, the natural world and above all, the people who inhabit it, to the fight for a greener, cleaner planet. They have pursued conservation, education, awareness, policy change, sustainability and public health. The men and women highlighted this month have been the voice for people who felt they had none or didn’t even realize they needed representation. Although everyone listed is highly regarded in their fields, we wanted to take the time to give their accomplishments the attention they deserve on a broader scale. Our writers hope you enjoy peeking through the small windows of our posts into the lives of these inspiring and committed individuals (and couples). We encourage readers to research more on your own, follow these heroes on social media and find inspiration in their lives and work. Check out our Environmental Justice Column for more sustainability solutions made specifically for Black, urban, and rural communities alike.
1. Carl Anthony is an African American architect, regional planner, social justice activist and author. He was born February 8, 1939. He has since founded Breakthrough Communities, a project dedicated to building multiracial leadership for sustainable communities in California and the rest of the country. He also founded the journal Race, Poverty, and the Environment (RP&E) in 1990.
Fun fact: Carl went to a public interest in Oregon and found himself amongst one-thousand white lawyers. In response to his surprising encounter he went back to Oakland, CA where he held a caucus to discuss people of color and the environment. The stories he received went on to become some of the first published in the journal RP&E.
Lisa P. Jackson
2. Lisa P. Jackson (born February 8th, 1962) is an African American chemical engineer who served as the first AA Administrator of the EPA from 2009-2013. She received her masters degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University in 1986! She’s well known for developing numerous hazardous waste cleanup regulations as well as as her work in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, fighting pollution, and encouraging environmentally conscious residential and industrial growth.
Fun fact: We featured Lisa P. Jackson in a blog post celebrating women in science. Check it out!
Zoom Out Mycology’s Environmental Science blog strives to explain and expose environmental topics and concerns to a wide audience. We hope that this knowledge will help all of our readers embrace a healthy and sustainable lifestyle! If you are interested in being a guest contributor, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org