Grind for the Green
Harris uses hip-hop to teach green principles and produced the first solar-powered hip-hop concert.
Pictured with Harris is her husband, Ambessa Cantave, the co-founder and co-director of Grind for the Green.
“What hip-hop does is provide a framework where young people realize that they are part of the green movement.”
Captions by Jewel Edwards
Institute for Community Resource Development
Redmond runs an urban faming collective and is working to start an organic grocery store on Chicago’s West Side.
“We really are going to have to figure out what our food system is going to look like in a post-carbon economy.”
New Orleans’ Energy & Environmental Policy Analyst
Moore is working to map the carbon footprint of his hometown and turn New Orleans into an energy-efficient city.
“I knew that showing up in New Orleans, in a city basically starting from ground zero, that there was a huge opportunity for change.”
Daniell "Danni" Washington
The Big Blue & You Foundation, Inc.
Washington is taking her mission to save the oceans to TV, pitching her own show “The Big Blue and You” to TV networks.
“The ocean is life. We need the ocean to survive on this planet. We need to do something to protect this place.”
New Mexico Youth Organized
Reynosa is working to reduce the dependence of local communites on oil-based economies.
“The youth, they’re going to be the main ones to turn around the community in Hobbs. The youth are excited about this and are wanting to lead.”
Indigenous Environmental Network
Mossett works in tribal communities to reduce environmental hazards and to teach young people to build more eco-friendly communities.
“When people don’t know about these things, they don’t have to carry the weight of having some responsibility for how our planet is doing.”
North Lawndale Employment Network & Beeline
Palms-Barber is training people with criminal records to be business people through the art of urban beekeeping.
“We’re able to take street skills and transform those skills into mainstream competitive skills for the job market.”
Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District
Adofo-Wilson is working to transform a neglected Newark neighborhood in to an arts-focused eco-district with an annual music festival that aims to rally the community around the green movement.
“The Lincoln Park Music Festival is intergenerational. By having all different types of music you expose different generations to the sustainable lifestyle.”
Environmental Justice Advocates of Minnesota & HIRE
Monahan works to build community support for green jobs and to promote environmentally sustainable lifestyles.
“When you think of green, it’s a shift in consciousness to know that we are a part of each other and the ecosystem.”