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Composting for Social and Environmental Justice


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6th National Cultivating Community Composting Forum
Panel 3: Composting for Social and Environmental Justice

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Composting for Social and Environmental Justice

  1. 1. Composting for Social & Environmental Justice Moderators: Sandy Nurse, BK ROT & Michael Martinez, L.A. Compost 6th National Cultivating Community Composting Forum May 13th, 2019
  2. 2. SJ Vocabulary Social justice is a concept of fair and just relations between the individual and society. This is measured by the explicit and tacit terms for the distribution of wealth, opportunities for personal activity, and social privileges. In Western as well as in older Asian cultures, the concept of social justice has often referred to the process of ensuring that individuals fulfill their societal roles and receive what was their due from society. In the current global grassroots movements for social justice, the emphasis has been on the breaking of barriers for social mobility, the creation of safety nets and economic justice.
  3. 3. SJ Vocabulary Environmental justice is defined federally as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. In other words, your health should not suffer because of the environment where you live, work, play or learn. The concept of environmental justice began as a movement in the 1980s due to the realization that a disproportionate number of polluting industries, power plants, and waste disposal areas were located near low-income or minority communities. Robert D Bullard is seen as the father of the environmental justice movement as a lawyer and academic who worked to define environmental racism. The movement was set in place to ensure fair distribution of environmental burdens among all people regardless of their background.
  4. 4. SJ Vocabulary Environmental racism is the term was coined by Benjamin Chavis while addressing hazardous PCB waste in Warren County, North Carolina. Chavis defined the term as racial discrimination in environmental policy making, the enforcement of regulations and laws, the deliberate targeting of communities of color for toxic waste facilities, the official sanctioning of the life- threatening presence of poisons and pollutants in our communities, and the history of excluding people of color from leadership of the ecology movements.
  5. 5. SJ Vocabulary Just Transition is a vision-led, unifying and place-based set of principles, processes, and practices that build economic and political power to shift from an extractive economy to a regenerative economy. This means approaching production and consumption cycles holistically and waste-free. The transition itself must be just and equitable; redressing past harms and creating new relationships of power for the future through reparations. If the process of transition is not just, the outcome will never be. Just Transition describes both where we are going and how we get there.
  6. 6. SJ Resources Climate Justice Alliance Indigenous Environmental Network Movement Generation Ecology & Justice Project New York City Environmental Justice Alliance Transform Don’t Trash Coalition This list is repeated on the last slide
  7. 7. Marvin Hayes Baltimore Compost Collective
  8. 8. BCC on The Real News
  9. 9. Community Composting “When Your Soil Is Happy, Your Belly Is Happy”
  10. 10. Our Vision We believe that the more that people buy into the fresh, local, food movement, the more our economy becomes more sustainable, green and economically self-perpetuating as the dollar remains within our own communities. OffBeet Compost strives to close the loop from seed to plate, by adding the final dimension of plate to soil into the mixture. We are committed to creating a resilient green economy in the Merrimack Valley Region that generates local green jobs, empowers community members to be land stewards and contributes to an environmentally sustainable landscape.
  11. 11. Who We Are Board Staff
  12. 12. What We Do (Services)
  13. 13. What We Do (Products)
  14. 14. Support Local Events Work With Schools And We Also....
  15. 15. Key Defining Elements Local (Money & compost re-invested in the community) Mission Driven High Level of Community Involvement Diversity/Representation- We strive to ensure our staff/members reflect the community at large Accessible Fair/More than Livable wage Transparency
  16. 16. Thank You!
  17. 17. Kenneth Young Red Hook Community Farm
  18. 18. Domingo Morales Red Hook Community Farm Compost Site NYC Compost Project Hosted by Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  19. 19. SJ Resources Climate Justice Alliance Indigenous Environmental Network Movement Generation Ecology & Justice Project New York City Environmental Justice Alliance Transform Don’t Trash Coalition