Chicago Activist Urges Blacks to Go Green

February 21, 2011  |  

(Chicago Tribune) — When environmentalist Naomi Davis walks past the boarded-up homes and businesses in her Woodlawn neighborhood, she envisions a community that will confront the climate crisis by becoming self-sustaining, with vibrant, black-owned stores and green gardens.  It’s a way of life that she imagines will combine the best of today’s technological advances with the gritty, self-reliance of her grandmother’s era. She admits it’s a lot to imagine.

But the 55-year-old attorney and founder of the nonprofit Blacks in Green believes global warming presents a unique opportunity for black communities to rediscover their self-reliance and power. Davis said she founded the group in 2007 to remind blacks that they have a history of working with their hands and that there’s a need to reinvent so that they are less dependent on corporations.

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