Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 26, 2020

Literacy for Environmental Justice and What Happens Now 

Bay Nature Interview on Environmental Justice

The environmental injustices of San Francisco’s southeastern waterfront neighborhoods are well chronicled. Yet the neighborhood also boasts miles of hiking trails, wetlands, and abundant wildlife, much of it fought for, developed, and restored by people in Bayview-Hunters Point. The neighborhood’s shoreline is home to the first urban State Park in California, a new bayshore campground with one of only two tent camping sites in the city, and a natural marsh where you can find one of the Bay’s rarest wetland plants. Behind those projects, and the continued greening and community stewardship of the neighborhood, is the 22-year-old nonprofit Literacy for Environmental Justice.

As the United States holds an urgent and overdue conversation about social and environmental justice, Bay Nature talked to LEJ Executive Director Patrick Marley Rump and Development Director Nicole McClain about what LEJ has already done, what community environmental programs look like in San Francisco’s last predominantly Black neighborhood, and what they see as the future of environmental justice in a rapidly gentrifying area.

Read interview at  Literacy for Environmental Justice and What Happens Now – Bay Nature

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