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In honor of Earth Day, The Root is going deep on the ties between black people and the earth. We dig in to everything from Michelle Obama's potential impact on farming to how to plant gardens on housing project rooftops to creating green jobs in black neighborhoods. Guest writers Majora Carter, Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins and Sen. John Kerry weigh in on the green movement's need to go brown. And we shine a spotlight on 10 community organizers — The Root's Green Collar Heroes — who are making a difference at the grassroots, literally.

Plus, for those of you who think it's not easy being green, we offer seven easy tips to help you get started. And don't forget to listen to Dayo Olopade, Kai Wright and Majora Carter on NPR's Tell Me More with Michel Martin.

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So plow into our entire Earth Day package. Once you go black and green, you'll never go back!

Check out the home page! Or read the individual articles.

Dayo Olopade: Black Folks, Green Thumbs.

Majora Carter: City dwellers can save the world.

Dayo Olopade: Seven ways to love your mother (earth, that is).

John Kerry: Making the green movement more brown.

Kai Wright: Why environmental justice isn't enough.

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins: Getting in on the Green Ground Floor.

Take a look at the Green Collar Heroes photo gallery.

Check our our blogs!

Keith Josef Adkins: Earth Day Dos and Don'ts

Jimi Izrael: Earth Day in Da 'Hood

The Recession Diaries: Go Green for Green

Come Correct: Greener Than Thou

The Browntable: Taking Green Global

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