On the surface, “environmental justice” may seem totally disconnected with Education and Unit 4 in particular. Take a look at the information PDF for the sessions with Majora – you will see the dots start to connect between the University and the children. It seems to me, after watching several of her videos and especially listening to her last night, that Majora has taken a step back from life and has viewed things from the 10,000 foot perspective, and then zoomed in on just about everyone impacted, pushing, cajoling, sweet-talking, urging and basically getting people off their duffers and into action. One gentleman last night humbly got up to observe that we have a world-class University and yet their appears to be so little effect of such a prestigious institution in our own community. I myself have felt that way at times, and have heard others voice the same thought, even here in this blog. I think the workshops aspire to kickstart a new initiative to change that around, to open the door and push/pull people through.
I am going to go find out. I have taken a day off work to go to part of the workshops (have commitments for the afternoon already). This isn’t just about teaching kids. This is about improving the land, improving the people, improving the culture, improving our city. It is extremely ambitious. And entirely possible.