Earth Day ’16

ATTACHED:  NAACP Nutrition.3 is our course built on three nationally recognized web sites Earth Day’16-Page 1 &4 and  Earth Day ’16 pages 2 & 3 program completed by Dr. Blondell Strong  BURNT and the NAACP have opted for nutrition as a tool to impact environmental justice in poor and minority youth.  Last year we did a one day event at the Hadley Park Community Center which worked with 55 youth.  We developed a strong curriculum this year.  We were not able to establish a supply of teachers or a supply of high school and junior high students to teach.  Recruiting teachers of classes and classes to teach became complicated toward the end of the school year,.  We were very fortunate that a committee member knew the Maplewood principal.       First recommendation–start organizing before the beginning of the semester.. We recruited three teachers from Hands on Nashville, one from Meharry Medical College, and three from David Lipscomb University.  We should start much earlier to recruit from college clubs and professional classes such as nutrition and nursing.  Recruiting places to teach by starting with the school board members representing where we wish to teach.    We discussed stipends.  First, we did not have time to get them. Second, if it takes $25 to persuade someone to do something how deep is their interest.  Finally, making payments and record keeping. RECOMMENDATION    The poor and minority who go to prison are the ones who can not read in 4th grade.   Some churches have on-going tutoring of young students who can not read and write.  Perhaps we can activate NAACP members by feeding them into these church tutoring programs FINAL  RECOMMENDATION   Next year is our 5th Anniversary...

BURNT Event: “Can Nashville Recycle More?”

On Tuesday November 17 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Richland Park Library 4711 Charlotte BURNT will sponsor a presentation and discussion on “Can Nashville Recycle More?”  BURNT will explain what is in solid waste and why more waste can be recycled and composted.  The relationship between state solid waste law and metro practices will be considered.  The factors evident in Oregon and California, two high recycling state, will be discussed to see how to improve Nashville recycling. The event is free and open to the public. See the flyer below....

Earth Day Recap…

55 youth, adults, and NAACP members gathered at the Hadley Park Community Center on Earth Day, April 22, to celebrate Environmental  Justice Earth Day with a program geared toward youth and nutrition. BURNT has a long history of observing environmental justice. Our issues–solid waste, landfills, chemicals, and pesticides have a significant impact on poor and minority.  Those with the worst health suffer the greatest pollution yet have the fewest tools to fight back.  Our events are targeted toward poor and minority.   At the “Environmental Justice Earth Day” we taught the youth that 50% of their calories came from sugar in soft drinks.  We thank Ms. Barbara A. Manual the Director of  the Hadley Park Community Center for hosting this event three years in a row. Dr. Blondell Strong and the NAACP compiled the program.  Community Food Advocates, Green Fork Academy, Master Gardeners of Davidson County,  Earth Saver’s-TN, and the NAACP were among those groups which participate.   Attached is the program for the event: Earth Day Program 2015...

3rd Annual “Environmental Justice Earth Day” Delivers Food and Nutrition to Minority Youth

On 22 April 2015, the 45th Anniversary of the founding of Earth Day, the Nashville Branch of the NAACP and BURNT will lead a coalition of community groups to deliver a strong message to poor and minority youth on food and nutrition  at the Hadley Park Community Center from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Community Food Advocates and  their Mobile Food Market will be there for the youth to tour and to give information on food deserts.  Green Fork Academy will prepare a  healthy snack for participants and discuss nutrition. A representative of Mathew Walker will discuss diabetes and other illnesses in which nutrition plays a role.   Former Metro Council member Kwame Lillard will talk about environmental justice. The Master Gardeners will distribute seedlings and plants. Earth Savers-TN will discuss composting and gardening. BACKGROUND:Earth Day was founded on April 22 1970 and is considered the beginning of the modern environmental movement. ‘Environmental Justice Earth Day’ began as a Resolution written by the Nashville NAACP and adapted by the National NAACP. The Resolution will be available at the event and all participants will be available for interviews. View/download event...

Open Letter to AFL-CIO: Jobs and business from solid waste

BURNT IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT THROUGH CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT, BUSINESS, AND ACADEMIA 12 March 2012 Gary Moore President Tennessee AFL-CIO 1901 Lindell Avenue via electronic mail and hand delivery RE: Jobs and business from solid waste Dear President Moore: Thank you for the opportunity to discuss how to manage solid waste as a raw material to create jobs and business. This is a growth opportunity for clean jobs. Tennessee landfills 11 million tons of waste at a cost to citizens, business, and local government of $1 billion annually. Solid waste is transported 10 million miles annually from cities to landfills. Landfills are our organizing focus. There are fundamental solutions—compost food waste and non-recycled paper, recycle and reuse construction waste, and source separation of food waste in homes and business. Environmental justice is very important—reduce landfills near poor and minority and we create jobs and business for poor and minority. We are active with the NAACP is active on this issue. The logic is very clear—it pays to recycle and compost to recover materials and to recover energy from highly processed solid waste. Labor can lead in management and research. Food waste composting and reuse of construction waste creates jobs. Simple steps such as individual source separation of food waste in residential and business greatly enhance creating new jobs and business. Food waste is valuable as compost material but very harmful if landfilled. Polluted landfills and high hidden costs to landfills are the key to solid waste reform. Our waste is laden with risky chemicals. BURNT offers strong opportunities for solid waste in our work on landfills. On 11-12 April,...