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It is late October in the N.E. of the USA, the leaves on the trees are still green and yesterday I was in a t-shirt because it was almost 80 degrees…
what in the world is going on with planet Earth?
A friend of mine, fellow farmer & general all-around pioneer of all things green, Raqueeb Bey , got yours truly at Green Graffiti a pass to this year’s Society of Environmental Journalism Conference entitled, RIVERS OF CHANGE, that recently took place in Pittsburgh, PA. Over the course of a week, hundreds of people that are committed to reporting, researching and teaching about the current state of our environment & climate change met to discuss topics surrounding issues including; Water & Air Quality, Fracking, Urban Sustainability, Coal & Fossil Fuels vs. Renewable Energy, Climate Change Denial, the current administration, Environmental Justice & Injustice … & more.
Green Graffiti got to meet a few of them! See below
Jenni Monet , a freelance journalist that focuses on Indigenous people around the world. She has been at the front- lines during the fight for clean water @ Standing Rock and opposition against the Dakota Access Pipeline plans.
They fed us well at the conference ( although next time, hopefully they will provide more vegan & locally farmed options). These three were in line for breakfast…
Clara Weivel, is a student @ University of Pittsburgh
Leon Briggs, whose native name is Medicine Bow, is of the Seneca/Metis tribe from the Tonowanda Reserve in Basom, New York. He was part of a panel entitled, Environmental Justice: Tribal Nations Take a Stand which discussed environmental & political issues effecting Native American Communities.
( a Seattle-based freelance science and environmental journalist
Shayan Golafshani, a student at the University of Michigan.
And on my walk home, I ran into
Dana Harris-Yeats of Cultural Oasis
who is a fellow-farmer friend of mine, an Indigenous Native Moor, Pittsburgh’s own Shamanic Healer. A Hoodoo practitioner, Master Herbalist, Reiki and Nishanti Mganga Master, Numerologist, Reader, Spiritual Guide, Mindfuless, Body and Soul/Spirit Centered Thereputic Couselor, Motivational Speaker, and Pittsburgh’s Genetic based Healing Specialist !
& I saw Tesla parked nearby, a company that is at the forefront of the transition to renewable energy, the electric car industry & solar energy production 🌎