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Bronx Youth Host Conference on Environmental Justice

posted May 1, 2015, 6:43 AM by Alison Gazarek
Along with the Bronx River Watershed Alliance, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice & A.C.T.I.O.N., Bronx youth will be leading a series of workshops exploring issues of environmental justice in their own community on Saturday, May 16th, from 10am-5pm at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School.

From the organizers: "Our summit is teen led: Created and designed by youth wanting to build awareness, find solutions, and recruit others regarding environmental justice issues. The conference will be the first led by youth on these issues in the Bronx. It will be non-traditional and active, expanding this critical dialogue across the borough and city.

"For over 15 years, SBRWA has mobilized South Bronx residents to develop a community plan for reusing the 1.25 miles of land now occupied by the Sheridan. The impacts of this traffic on residents are severe: residents have New York State’s highest asthma rates and also experience high numbers of pedestrian traffic crashes. 

"SBRWA is working to change all that – to get trucks off local streets through a new direct highway connection into Hunts Point and to convert the lightly-used Sheridan into a pedestrian-friendly boulevard that can revitalize the Bronx River waterfront and the South Bronx."

For more information, or to RSVP, please visit the site here!