Urban Environmentalism

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Omar Freilla, founder of Green Worker Cooperatives, discusses the local environmental movement and how he is celebrating Earth Day.


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Comments [8]

Robert from NYC

Soundview, Justice Sotomayor's old neighborhood.

Apr. 22 2010 11:15 AM
Robert from NTC

Yeah, but his grandfather also killed tigers! Bengal tigers!! Didn't he contribute to their decrease in numbers? So then he picked up a camera and photographed what, the tiger skins?

Apr. 22 2010 10:58 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

Simple questions no one who advocates worker ownership answers: Where will the worker owners get the startup capital and technical background to start these business? How will a worker owned business be any different from an executive owned business when workers are faced with issues of zoning, NIMBYism, and political opposition; investor returns and Wall Street expectations if they go public; reinvestment in the business coupled with worker demands and expectations; rising fuel, healthcare, and insurance prices, etc...? When the worker on the floor has to face the issues the “guys in the air-conditioned office” face, will the end result be the same?

Apr. 22 2010 10:54 AM
j from bklyn

for sustainable resources meets race/economic issues, check out the ideas used in the '3rd world design' movement and how these ideas are filtering through sites like, and others where 'found objects' are being reused for new technologies and other useable items.

Apr. 22 2010 10:44 AM
Robert from NTC

You want to clean the South Bronx? My homeland, place of birth and upbringing? Get rid of Espada and his gang. I explain more in the segment on them later on. If the money he and they skimmed off for themselves wasn't so skimmed off there would be more money to improve the South Bronx (I alway hated the qualifier "South") both socially, culturally and environmentally.

Apr. 22 2010 10:37 AM

lack of attention to social justice and inequality continues to bog down environmental movement.

Apr. 22 2010 10:34 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

The irony of being ridiculed for their “pagan” worship of nature by mostly European Elites last 200 hundred years - to be now told that they must now sacrifice their pursuit of the western lifestyle for the sake nature, is not lost on most native people of color around the world

Apr. 22 2010 10:30 AM

for earth day I invited a future climate refugee to stay on my couch while he looks for a new place.

Apr. 22 2010 09:25 AM

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