Saturday, September 20th, 12 – 3 PM
Meet at Brook Park
E 141st St and Brook Ave, Bronx NY
South Bronx Unite, co-founded by one of the 38 civil society delegates selected to attend the UN Climate Summit, was joined by friends and allies of those on the front lines of climate justice to join the South Bronx Environmental Justice Waterfront Tour.
This dynamic tour brought participants to the frontlines of climate change and environmental justice, less than five miles from UN headquarters. The tour highlighted local organizing efforts against decades of policies that have caused a grave health crisis in the community, deteriorated nine miles of inaccessible coast line and perpetuated severe air quality degradation from the disproportionate citing of diesel trucking operations, fossil fuel power plants and waste transfer facilities that line its waterways.
Hurricane Sandy hit this flood zone during low tide, causing 3.5 foot flooding in the area, with forceful waves that ripped a pier from its concrete foundation. Participants learned about innovative solutions, such as the Mott Haven-Port Morris Waterfront Plan, which the community has developed to counter imminent climate change effects on the neighborhood. The tour also focused on the community’s current fight against FreshDirect, a company trying to obtain since 2012 $140M in controversial corporate subsidies to move its diesel trucking operation to a waterfront floodzone documented with evidence of a Native American burial cite. Following the tour, South Bronx residents performed The Cantastoria of the South Bronx, a theatrical performance written and developed in collaboration with Papel Machete about the needs, issues and experiences of the South Bronx.