This post was written by Sale Bah, a 16 year old in Year 12 of Lambeth Academy in England.
Urban Environmental Renewal Discussion with Majora Carter
The discussion held at Lambeth Academy, London with Majora Carter was truly inspiring and genuinely moved me. What sincerely moved me were her resilience, persistence as well as determination to make a change within her community. Her strong willpower to achieve her environmental goals despite the barriers and hurdles that were posed before her, truly made her as a person, very inspiring.
Majora’s motivation is what stood out to me to the most as well as the empathy depicted within her speech when discussing the problems her and the people in her community experienced and had to go through. The emotion in which she held herself when discussing things such as her brother being gunned down in front of the family and the high rate of obesity and asthma within the Bronx just shows how much change really means to her. The results of being “twice as likely as a white person to live in an area where air pollution poses the greatest risk to her health” and being “five times more likely to live within walking distance of a chemical plant – which she does” clearly shows the racial injustice that still resides within USA and many other countries and the inequalities within class. This in itself can be seen as a motivation as Majora Carter recognises this and does something about it – something that not everyone will have the guts to do.
Majora has inspired me personally to make a change within my own community and school. My peers and I thought about the introduction of a roof garden in Lambeth academy and are hoping to implement this change as soon as possible. I, personally, am also looking to make people more aware of the impact environmental issues can have on our life and what little contribution to our environment can help it by first recommending everyone to watch Majora’s “Greening the Ghetto” video. This, I’m sure, will be of much interest to people and could further result in them being more inclined to make a change.
This entry reflects the author’s personal judgments and does not represent the views of the United States Government or the Department of State.