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Catherine Flowers

Yesterdays discussion inspired me to go back and read what everyone’s initial responses were about our talk with Ms. Flowers and I realize mine didn’t post (I was on the road when I submitted it and I guess I didn’t have as good of reception as I thought I did).…

Catherine Flowers’ visit

Catherine Flowers has an infectious positive energy and a beautiful smile. When we first came into the room, I immediately felt that I was in the presence of someone who had had vast experience in the environmental field and had lots of advice to share about environmental action. Surprisingly, I…

Response to Catherine Flowers

Of all the fascinating ideas from Catherine Flowers’ visit on Thursday, the two things which have stuck in my mind the firmest are her use of anecdotes and her response to Joe’s question about how she addresses people who do not believe in climate change. I was extremely impressed by…

Reflection on Meeting Catherine Flowers

It was an invigorating experience to meet Catherine! As someone who’s involved in policy, her actions take broad strokes in moving our local communities and our country forward towards resilience and climate change mitigation. She is part of a movement of community members, politicians, students, and public intellectuals – her…

Catherine Flowers, and Change Blossoms

Although I was unable to attend the talk with Catherine Flowers, reading about her work in environmental justice (EJ) opened my eyes to a brand new approach to environmentalism. Flowers’s interview with the Center for Earth Ethics highlighted the role of faith leaders in EJ, as she recommended they get…

Abstract for Final Paper

My project will consist of two different components. The first part will be a creative eco-fiction chapter which will incorporate the cause and effects of environmental change on the health of the people. The story will not be complete because it will only contain the first chapter of the plot,…

Civic Duty

My home state of Virginia contains a diverse political spectrum. The northern part of the state borders Washington, D.C. and houses many government employees. This wealthy, northern region is heavily blue and contributes to Virginia’s recent turn to a “blue” state. However, driving through the rest state tells a different…

Sewage and EJ

In a nature’s system, there are obvious elements, like food, as well as hidden elements, like sewage. The latter is as much necessary but not as noticeable. However, when the system does not function smoothly, the hidden part will take unwanted salience. I learned this when I visited the farm…

Compromise

  I loved our visit with Catherine Flowers. Although it wasn’t the main point of her talk, what resonated with me was that she decided to still do the talk to honor her coworkers death. Among her talk what was really powerful was the way she addressed spreading awareness about…

Alabama’s Black Belt

“What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” – Shakespeare 1914 Or, in the case of the Black Belt in Alabama, injustice by any other name would still smell like raw sewage flooding people’s bathrooms, exposing them to tropical diseases often associated with the…