Majora Carter founded Sustainable South Bronx, in 2001 - when very few people were even talking about "sustainability," and even fewer, in places like the South Bronx. By 2003, she coined the term "Green the Ghetto" as she pioneered one of the nation's first urban green-collar job training & placement systems. Her organization spearheaded new policies and legislation that fueled demand for those jobs, improved the lives of New Yorkers, and served as a model for the nation.
Majora's 2006 TEDtalk was one of the very first 6 presentations to launch that groundbreaking website. Since 2008, her consulting company has been exporting climate adaptation, urban micro-agribusiness, and leadership development strategies for business, state and local governments, federal agencies, foundations, universities, and economically under-performing communities.
She is probably the only person to receive an award from John Podesta's Center For American Progress, and a Liberty Medal for Lifetime Achievement from Rupert Murdoch's New York Post. Fast Company Magazine listed her as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business, The New York Times described her as "The Green Power Broker", and the Ashoka Foundation's Changemakers.org recently dubbed Majora "The Prophet of Local." Majora is the host of the public radio series The Promised Land, and has earned a long list of awards and honorary degrees, including a MacArthur "genius" fellowship.
On this 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we turn an eye toward the future of the civil rights movement and the dreams of this generation of activists. Rashad Robinson is the Executive Director of Color of Change, and Majora Carter is the founder of the non-profit Sustainable Bronx. They are just two examples of black Americans who are dedicating their lives to improving the lives of some of America's most marginalized communities.
The U.N.’s climate talks in Cancún moved into their second week on Monday. The agenda is dominated by future cuts in carbon emissions and keeping countries honest about their actions to control global warming. Expectations, however, remain low following last year’s talks in Copenhagen, which resulted in no binding agreement to manage the world's carbon emissions.
Majora Carter is host of American Public Media show "The Promised Land," and an environmental strategist for the Majora Carter Group. As leaders gather in Cancún to tackle the big picture of climate change, Carter is advocating for "protecting what we still have." She's concentrating on grassroots movements on the ground that have the potential to create jobs and protect the environment, and preparing for climate change in a pragmatic ways.
This weekend WNYC hosted a Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday celebration at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. Our own Celeste Headlee co-hosted the event, which included prominent educators, politicians and activists.