by Neil Stalter | Zoom Out Mycology
As of September 2015, 17% of Americans (and 18% of all children under the age of 5) live within three miles of a superfund site. 4% (or 12 million people) live within 1 mile of a superfund site. As of this writing, there are currently 1,341 superfund sites in the United States. For a long time, when I heard “superfund” I knew it was a place I didn’t want to spend my spring break, but I did not appreciate just how ubiquitous these places that risk “hazardous substance release” are. There is at least 1 such Superfund site in every state except for North Dakota. New Jersey is the state with the most, at 114 unique sites. But what are these places, how did they come to be, and how dangerous are they really? By giving a history of the Superfund program, examining its current state of affairs, and understanding the strategies the EPA uses to clean up these locations, we can begin to answer some of the questions you probably have about this program.
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.
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