What is Sustainable South Bronx?
From 2001 to 2008 Majora Carter was Executive Director of the non-profit she founded, Sustainable South Bronx. There she pioneered green-collar job training and placement systems in one of the most environmentally and economically challenged parts of the US. This MacArthur "genius" is now president of her own economic consulting firm, a co-host on Sundance Channel's The Green, and host of a special public radio series called The Promised Land.
Question: What is Sustainable South Bronx?
Majora Carter: Sustainable South Bronx is an environmental justice solutions organization. Our goal is to create viable alternatives, both economic as well as environmental, that actually bring life to the visions that people have expressed for their own community. Things like clean air, things like living wage jobs that don’t destroy and degrade the environment, parks in their own community.
These are simple dreams that people put out there for themselves and their neighborhood. And I wanted to be someone who actually was able to show people that you don't have to move out of your neighborhood to live in a better one.
I spearheaded the first waterfront park my community’s had in more than 60 years. I actually got married in it a couple of years ago, which is great. But that led to the development of planning the South Bronx Greenway project, which is an 11-mile network of on-water as well as on-street bike paths and waterfront esplanades that actually provide both recreation as well as economic development opportunities for the community. So we can actually get out and exercise and provide some opportunities for local entrepreneurial development as well.
And we are also working to create more opportunities to show that you can create green businesses in our communities. So we spearheaded the development along with another group called Green Worker Cooperatives, of an eco-industrial center. Which is a collection of businesses that use recycled materials as raw materials, so that you can; one, mitigate solid waste and, actually, provide a real value added product; and two, create hundreds of jobs. And so we’re trying to create that as a real sustainable model.
Recorded on: April 28, 2008
Carter built the first waterfront park her community has had in over sixty years.
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If you want to know what makes a Canadian lynx a Canadian lynx a team of DNA sequencers has figured that out.
- A team at UMass Amherst recently sequenced the genome of the Canadian lynx.
- It's part of a project intending to sequence the genome of every vertebrate in the world.
- Conservationists interested in the Canadian lynx have a new tool to work with.
If you want to know what makes a Canadian lynx a Canadian lynx, I can now—as of this month—point you directly to the DNA of a Canadian lynx, and say, "That's what makes a lynx a lynx." The genome was sequenced by a team at UMass Amherst, and it's one of 15 animals whose genomes have been sequenced by the Vertebrate Genomes Project, whose stated goal is to sequence the genome of all 66,000 vertebrate species in the world.
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13th-century fantastical depiction of an elephant.
It is easy to see how one can look at 66,000 genomic sequences stored away as being the analogous equivalent of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. It is a potential tool for future conservationists.
But what are the practicalities of sequencing the genome of a lynx beyond engaging with broad bioethical questions? As the animal's habitat shrinks and Earth warms, the Canadian lynx is demonstrating less genetic diversity. Cross-breeding with bobcats in some portions of the lynx's habitat also represents a challenge to the lynx's genetic makeup. The two themselves are also linked: warming climates could drive Canadian lynxes to cross-breed with bobcats.
John Organ, chief of the U.S. Geological Survey's Cooperative Fish and Wildlife units, said to MassLive that the results of the sequencing "can help us look at land conservation strategies to help maintain lynx on the landscape."
What does DNA have to do with land conservation strategies? Consider the fact that the food found in a landscape, the toxins found in a landscape, or the exposure to drugs can have an impact on genetic activity. That potential change can be transmitted down the generative line. If you know exactly how a lynx's DNA is impacted by something, then the environment they occupy can be fine-tuned to meet the needs of the lynx and any other creature that happens to inhabit that particular portion of the earth.
Given that the Trump administration is considering withdrawing protection for the Canadian lynx, a move that caught scientists by surprise, it is worth having as much information on hand as possible for those who have an interest in preserving the health of this creature—all the way down to the building blocks of a lynx's life.
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- The plant is low in carbs and can replace potatoes, rice and pasta.
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