Jul. 23, 2010 by Cynthia Rockwell
Democracy Now! A daily TV/radio news program, hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, features urban environmentalist Marjora Carter ’88 on their Web site, with the video of her inspiring 2006 TED Talk. TED, a small nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” started in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. It has since broadened its scope.
“Neither the destruction of the ninth ward nor the South Bronx was inevitable,” she said, talking about her life and the struggle for environmental justice. She began her work in the South Bronx, founding Sustainable South Bronx, a nonprofit environmental justice group, in 2001. She is now president of the green-collar economic consulting firm the Majora Carter Group.
Democracy Now! broadcasts from Las Vegas, which is hosting the 2010 Netroots Nation. Carter is one of the thousands in attendance. Newsweek has named her one of “25 to Watch” and one of the “century’s most important environmentalists.”
To learn more about TED Talks, click here.
To read more about Majora Carter, featured in the 2006 Wesleyan magazine,issue 4, click here.