Be the Change with Christine Dimmick
How NYC Politicians Destroyed East River Park - The Greenwashing of NYC Part 3
This October 22nd will be 10 years since much of NYC was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
With millions of dollars in federal funding, it wasn’t until this past year that NYC started to take action on making downtown neighborhoods more resilient to ever increasing storms. The plans approved and forced on to residents by former Mayor De Blasio, with the support of our city council and current Mayor Adams- reads like a typical political playbook. How can we make things worse and spend billions of dollars doing so.
Today I am joined by Allie Ryan and Tommy Loeb from East River Park Action. Both Tommy and Allie have lived in the Lower Eastside for years, are lifelong activists with experience in NYC politics. They fought with the city for a true climate resilient plan in their neighborhood, but unfortunately were unable to stop the city from cutting down 700 mature cherry trees, destroy the amphitheater and leave behind an asbestos problem that still is not remedied. They will give us an inside view on their remarkable battle against the greenwashing that took place in East River Park and how they will continue to fight for transparency. Want to get involved and #bethechange ? Visit www.eastriverparkaction.org
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49. Gratitude Revealed23:22With a career in film spanning 40 years, Louie Schwartzberg has opened our hearts with his work - inviting us to sit in awe of this remarkable thing we call life. He is renowned and revered for his work in time lapse cinematography, most notably with his Moving Art series on Netflix and of course the film Fantastic Funghi.I am honored (and grateful) to welcome Louie to Be The Change to discuss his latest masterpiece Gratitude Revealed, an exploration into this emotion and how it is a healing salve in the most unexpected circumstances.To host a screening of Gratitude Revealed or to find one near you, visit www.https://gratituderevealed.com/ and gratituderevealedfilm on instagram
48. Changing Camping's Narrative59:36Numerous studies, including those conducted by our own governments show it is not just important, but imperative our children have consistent exposure to nature.The positive effects of nature include improved cognitive functioning, including increased concentration, greater attention capacities, and higher academic performance. Yet millions of city kids have no access to anything more than a cement park, already putting them at a disadvantage.My next guest is out to change that.Manny Almonte is the Co-founder of Camping to Connect, a BIPOC-led experiential mentorship program that uses outdoor recreation and nature immersion to address the diverse issues faced by young men of color in America’s cities. Led by and for people of color, Camping to Connect is elevating the narrative that the outdoors belong to everybody. For more information please visit www.campingtoconnect.com and www.mastermindconnect.com.
46. Creating Resiliency with Nature, not Against it - The Greenwashing of NYC Part 246:26In NYC we are currently facing major green washing resiliency projects that are taking away our public green spaces and old grow vegetation and being replaced with cement mounds and more development. Is it possible to have resiliency and also nature? The answer is a resounding yes. Not only do we need to work with it, we need to partner with it.In this BTC conversation we will hear from Eric "T" Fleisher, an Environmental Restoration expert who believes we need to stop fighting with nature and learn to live in harmony with it – floods and all.Eric is the Co-Principal of F2Environmental Design, a Soil Scientist, an Evironmental Restoration Specialist and a A Loeb Fellow at Harvard University. He is a frequent lecturer on sustainable practices and serves as a consultant for some of the top institutions in the country including Battery Park City where he is the former director of horticulture.http://www.f2environmentaldesign.com
45. Save Wagner Park - The Greenwashing of NYC Part 147:47We all want climate resiliency to protect our homes and neighborhoods – but what do we do when our city officials use resiliency to develop our public green spaces for their profit?In NYC we are currently seeing our public parks being turned into cement, all in the name climate resiliency, except that it isn’t. Science shows that we need the trees and vegetation to soak up the heavy rain falls. We recently saw the heartbreaking destruction of East River Park where hundreds of mature trees were chopped down. And now on the opposite side of the city in Battery Park City, Wagner Park is set to be completely leveled.Joining me today is Britni Erez and Kelly McGowan from the Battery Park City Neighborhood Association, along with Battery Park Montessori and Green Ivy School Founder Jennifer Jones.We will learn how the Battery Park City Authority is forcing their plans on the community, how it isn’t even needed in Wagner Park and how we all need to join together to protect our green spaces. www.savewagner.com
44. Creating a Refill + Reuse Product41:10Real change comes from regular conversations over coffee or at the dinner table – not from the Boardroom. When conversation turns to collaboration – that’s when the real magic happens.In 2015 Lindsey McCoy had reached a pivotal point in her own part in contributing to plastic pollution.Living on the island of the Bahamas for 10 years, she saw first hand how plastic really has no graveyard and that recycling is not the answer. And she had enough.In trying to reduce her own waste, Lindsey and her sister Alison inadvertently came up with a new structure for the personal care industry – a refill based line of products – that can be accessed anywhere in the US saving over 386,000 plastic bottles to date from going into the landfill or oceans. In this episode Lindsey McCoy, Co-Founder of Plaine Products explains how she and her sister Alison created a refill and reuse personal care line simply because we need it and that we cannot expect corporations to do it for us. Please visit www.plaineproducts.com and @plaineproducts on Instagram for more information.
43. One Dollar, One Tree Planted38:27Today I am speaking with Matt Hill. Founder and Chief Environmental Evangelist at the reforestation nonprofit, One Tree Planted. After 15 years as an educator, business leader, and eco-adventurer, he wanted a simple way to help individuals and businesses make real progress towards a more sustainable planet. He started One Tree Planted when he realized that planting trees is one of the simplest things we can do for the environment, while also having a big impact on biodiversity, climate change, and health. Today we will learn how with just one dollar and one tree planted we can make a huge impact. www.onetreeplanted.org
43. Justice For Hire58:32What if you could put on a cape, grab your shield and go save the world? What would you do? Who would you save?What if I told you that you could live out your super-hero dreams right now?Jan Lucanus is a Transmedia producer and Founder of ReelWurld – the world’s first social film studio. His recent project –Justice for Hire – is a platform not just for cosplay, but for finding the hero within.And we could use a few more heroes couldn’t we?Join us as we discuss why community collaboration is a vehicle for change and embracing our inner super hero is empowering and just the medicine we need right now on our planet. For more info please visit www.reelwurld.com and www.justiceforhire.com
42. Conversations with Neale Part 101:11:30Neale Donald Walsch has written 39 books on contemporary spirituality and its practical application in everyday life, including the 9-book Conversations with God series. His titles have been translated into 37 languages. His latest book is The God Solution, published in December, 2020, which invites humanity to embrace a new global ethic based on a refined and clarified definition of God. The book proposes that there is a single statement of spiritual truth upon which all the world’s religions could agree, and which would birth a shift of spiritual paradigms around the globe of such magnitude that it would produce peace and happiness on our planet at last. Unlike any guest I have ever had on, I quickly realized this would not be an interview, but a conversation with Neale and source. In Part One, we discuss Vladimir Putin, why God allows war, killing and destruction and why humans can't seem to treat one another and the planet with love and respect. And of course, The God Solution and how the power of pure love can change all of this.Whether you believe in a higher power, or source or God, this conversation invites you to see another view of why we are here and how we are the solution to the pure love we seek.The God Solution is available at bookstores worldwide and also for free on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NealeDonaldWalsch You can also learn more at http://www.nealedonaldwalsch.com/ and www.CWGConnect.com