Monday, August 3, 2020

Diving Deep at Charlestown Navy Yard

This week my group was at the Charlestown Navy Yard. We focused on environmental justice. Environmental Justice is the meaningful involvement of all people in the discussions on  environmental laws, regardless of race, income, or background. It's about making sure everyone is at the table for these discussions, because we all are impacted by the outcomes. The Charlestown Navy Yard historically was an area in which many laborers and craftsmen would work on the two historic ships still there today, USS Constitution and the USS Cassin Young. The Navy Yard's neighborhood has now shifted from housing laborers, to housing people of less labor-intensive jobs as a result of gentrification. Now it serves as a popular tourist destination and neighborhood, housing around 3,000 residents. Other tourist attractions include the Naval Museum and the Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center, as well as Bunker Hill Monument. (This week was exceptionally hot, if you want to walk to Bunker Hill, be sure to do this on a cooler day). 


Our group focused this week specifically on food inequality and the disparity between communities. Depending on the neighborhood a person lives in, they will have more or less access to healthy foods. Wealthier neighborhoods will have healthier, cheaper, and more of a variety of options in their grocery stores, farmers markets, and shops while neighborhoods that struggle economically will suffer from food deserts, or complete gaps in healthy food options. Food deserts are urban areas where it is difficult to buy affordable or good quality food. Those communities who struggle are often isolated from healthy food options and are limited in where their food comes from, many businesses like fast food restaurants and corner stores pop-up in these communities as a result. 




Environmental justice by definition is the right to equal resources and involvement of all people regardless of race, ethnicity, income or housing location. This could also pertain to healthcare, wellness, housing, transportation or access to healthy foods for people of all communities. When it comes to these conversations about our communities, all people in these communities should be “at the table” for these conversations. In Boston, segregation as it pertains to healthy food options is a major issue. Areas such as Roxbury, Mattapan, and Dorchester are among the areas that suffer from food deserts. Instead of grocery stores such as Whole Foods, these areas are supplied with corner stores such as 7/11 and fast food restaurants such as Mcdonald’s, while areas like the Seaport have an abundance of healthy food options for every budget. These are issues that Boston, including all communities, need to address. 


For now, be shore to tune in next week!

Caroline




“EJ 2020 Priority Areas.” EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, 2 Aug. 2019, www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/ej-2020-priority-areas#community.



Environmental Justice on the Navy Yard

    Environmental justice is defined as the right for equal resources no matter what race, ethnicity, income, or housing location. The OEJ, (Office of Environmental Justice) has done many strides to improve the wellbeing of many. They work in order to provide financial and technical help at local, state, and federal levels. They seek partnerships with other organizations and businesses in order to help people achieve protection from environmental and health hazards. During 2020, they have been working to bring resources to tribes and indigenous people in the area as they are under-recognized through EPA's decision-making processes. This especially caught my attention because, throughout history, indigenous people and tribes have been mistreated to the verge of extinction, now as times are changing, they are working to correct history. 
    One part of the environmental injustice that I focused on this week is food inequality. Depending on the neighborhood a person lives in, they will have more or less access to fresh and nutritious foods. Wealthier neighborhoods will have healthier, cheaper, and more of a variety of options in their grocery stores versus less well off neighborhoods which will suffer from food deserts. Food deserts are urban areas where it is difficult to buy affordable or good quality food. Massachusetts is one of the most economically segregated states in America, low-income neighborhoods such as Mattapan, Dorchester, and Roxbury are among the areas that suffer from environmental injustice and suffer more than areas such as Seaport. Areas such as Mattapan are examples of neighborhoods that suffer from food deserts where instead of grocery stores such as whole food, there are filled with corner stores and fast-food restaurants such as Mcdonalds. Not only are the choices unhealthier and less accessible, but the prices at a corner store are also hiked up compared to prices in areas such as seaport. Without access to fresher food options at a reasonable price, people are more likely to choose the cheaper, but unhealthier options which can lead to various healthcare problems such as diabetes, obesity, and undernourishment. Anyone has the ability to help out at food pantries such as the Greater Boston Food Bank, Lovin' Spoonfuls, and much more, through volunteering or contributing to the pantries more people will get the nutrition that they deserve. As a resident of Boston, everyone should care not only because of our cities reputation, but also to protect the wellbeing of the people around us. Without everyone doing their part, people will continue to be stuck in the cycle of environmental justice without a way out.

Areas in Massachusetts that suffer from food Inequality.


                                            Varying prices in Boston depending on income.

Sea you later,
Regina




“EJ 2020 Priority Areas.” EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, 2 Aug. 2019, www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/ej-2020-priority-areas#community.

The Navy Yard and Environmental Justice

Navy Yard, Charlestown
This week my group and I had the chance to be at the Navy Yard in Charlestown. The Navy Yard is quite beautiful and very modern. You can quickly notice how new buildings and establishments. As we walked around we saw many apartment complex's, healthcare buildings, and only a few small convenient stores. The are also has  docks where sail boats for  programs like courageous sailing. Nearby you can also find the constitution museum where people can walk around inside and see many interesting things from the time period. Not far from the Navy Yard you can find the Bunker hill monument which represents the battle of Bunker hill.
Environmental Justice
This week was got to learn about Environmental Justice. What is Environmental Justice? Basically it means the equal treatment of all humans regardless of color, income, or adoption and their involvement in the enforcement of environmental laws. However it's not always as such, for if you live in an area where there are more colored people you probably live in a very hazardous area and if you live in a predominantly white area its probably a low hazard area. Boston is one example of such visible injustice. In Boston many of the sites where hazardous waste is dumped is usually in areas of low income and minority families. This can cause so many health concerns to the people who live in those areas. However in order for this to stop the people in these areas need to use their voices and make it known of how awful it is for this injustice to continue. The world needs to learn about it and find ways to make it better and to not pick and choose where to dump such waste in places due to who lives there and what they look like. At the end of the day in the long run it affects everyone. So will you be the one to help make a change?

Sea you next time,
Jasmine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Environmental Injustices and Solutions


    
Environmental Justice is when everybody, no matter what race, color, or gender, is included in environmental laws and policies. The Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) was started around 1992 and helps communities and societies with any environmental issues and brings benefits to those communities. In around 1993-1995 they went more national. Also in 1994, the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program was established. This stuck out to me because it shows that the OEJ was able to build small branches away from their main program and broadcast more of their program all around the world. There are instances where environmental justice is happening around the world - there is even an example in Massachusetts that determines what an Environmental Justice Community is. 
    “In Massachusetts, a community is identified as an Environmental Justice community if any of the            following are true, Block group whose annual median household income is equal to or less than 65         percent of the statewide median ($62,072 in 2010); or 25% or more of the residents identify as a             race other than white, or 25% or more of households have no one over the age of 14 who speaks             English only or very well - English Isolation” 
    This is one example of how environmental justice happens around the world. Environmental justice in Massachusetts depends on the annual income of a community to make things fair among races and status. Unfortunately, there are places in Boston that aren't up to par monetarily in comparison to other places around Massachusetts. There is an environmental injustice that is hurting minorities due to the environmental waste that is put in these communities. However, although there is an environmental injustice in these communities we can still come together and assist with these issues. We should start cleaning up the harbor and taking care of any trash/waste along our beaches and waters. Doing this at a constant rate can help the poorer communities, and assist with the environmental issues we face today.    
    The reason why this matters to our community is that we're in an age where environmental racism and injustice shouldn’t be a thing. We should all live as equals and assist one another with issues we see today. This prolonging fight for equality should not be a thing in 2020 and should be eliminated in any way shape or form.

    ~Kamal T.

Have a Whale of a time!

My time at Carson Beach!


As humans, we have to understand that we are better than Environmental Injustice/Racism


Citation: 

 Environmental Justice Communities in Massachusetts. (n.d.). Retrieved August 02, 2020, from https://www.mass.gov/info-details/environmental-justice-communities-in-massachusetts 


(Fort) Point-ers for Environmental Justice

Hey y'all!
    Our topic of the week is environmental justice, which covers the intersection between racial and economic justice and environmental protection efforts. Essentially, environmental justice means that everybody should have equal access to environmental protection opportunities and nobody should bear too much of the burden of environmental damage. As it is now, low-income communities and areas with a majority of people of color have fewer opportunities and are more affected by environmental issues. One of the most prominent examples of environmental injustice in America is the Flint water crisis. Flint, Michigan is a community of primarily people of color and people with low income. In 2014, the city switched its supply of water to the Flint River without properly treating it and without consulting the residents of the city beforehand. Even when residents started to notice the poor water quality, their concerns were dismissed for over a year and, even today, still have not been properly addressed. Flint hasn't had clean water for six years. In order to deal with environmental injustices such as this, the Environmental Protection Agency created the Office of Environmental Justice. The OEJ provides financial assistance to communities working to improve their environment and has had some success in working towards environmental justice for Indigenous people in America.

A view of the Seaport from our fishing trip

    Being at Fort Point Channel this week fits right in with our theme of environmental justice. The Channel separates downtown Boston from the Seaport area, which is possibly Boston's most glaringly obvious example of gentrification. Not very long ago, the Seaport looked very different. Most of the land there was undeveloped and simply left as empty lots. Over the past few years, there has been plenty of development, with new skyscrapers popping up constantly. The Seaport today is a gorgeous neighborhood, but those views come at a very steep price. I mean that literally; the restaurants and shops are fairly expensive, and most housing costs millions of dollars. So who gets to live on Boston's waterfront near brand new parks and green spaces, far enough from the negative effects of Logan Airport but close enough to easily visit the rest of the city? Only the richest Bostonians. That doesn't seem very much like "equal access" to me. Gentrification and environmental injustice go hand and hand, and Boston's waterfront is experiencing that intersection right now. As the city works to become more climate resilient and environmentally friendly, the waterfront areas especially become safer and more desirable to live in, so the price of living goes up. In areas like the Seaport and East Boston, this drives out poorer residents, making it a privilege to be able to live in a nice environment.

JPAs Jay, Jane, and Vanessa before Friday's kayaking trip

Why should we care? Well, environmental injustice isn't always as simple as rising costs. A lot of cases of environmental injustice, such as the locations of toxic waste sites and Flint's water crisis, actively damage the lives and health of people in those communities. So what can we do to help? Everyone can do their part for the environment by reusing and recycling materials and picking up/throwing away trash, but true environmental justice requires much more work. An important step towards environmental justice is electing government officials who will support the Green New Deal, but young people can make a difference too through youth-led climate movements such as the Sunrise Movement (https://www.sunrisemovement.org). And of course, as with any issue, it's always important to do your own research.

Peace out y'all :)
McRae

Sources:
    Larochelle, Claudia. “Five Years Later: Flint Water Crisis Most Egregious Example of Environmental Injustice, U-M Researcher Says.” University of Michigan News, University of Michigan, 23 Apr. 2019, news.umich.edu/five-years-later-flint-water-crisis-most-egregious-example-of-environmental-injustice-u-m-researcher-says/.
    “Learn About Environmental Justice.” EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, 7 Nov. 2018, www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/learn-about-environmental-justice.
    “Office of Environmental Justice in Action.” EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2017-09/documents/epa_office_of_environmental_justice_factsheet.pdf.
    Tiernan, Erin. “Greenification: Environmental Policy Is Fueling Boston's Housing Crisis.” Boston Herald, Boston Herald, 17 Feb. 2020, www.bostonherald.com/2020/02/16/environmental-gentrification-pushing-up-prices-of-coastal-development/.

my week at fort point channel :)

    On Tuesday we went on a fishing trip and everyone caught fish except me but I was very impatient and keep reeling my rod up. It was a long fishing day. We ate and came back to the docks. The next day we walked down to where the ICA is and we had a drone that goes underwater and we saw a lot fish. Then we walked to the Roseway and learned how to navigate on a boat with out a GPS and also how to test the pH in the water, which means seeing how much the acidity level is in the water. After lunch we walked and made a scavenger hunt then went home. The next day we walked down to the ICA and tried use the underwater drone but it wasn't working then we played marine and environmental charades then walked back to the barking crab and played marco polo for and end of the day game. Then on Friday we all went kayaking with all the groups it was really fun and it was a good time, and I met more people and made new connections.  See you out on the ocean- Ari


The under-18 kayaking squad

Fort Point Channel

    The Harbor Goonies visited the Fort Point Channel this week and I'd have to say it was a lot of fun. The first day we went out on Charlie's boat for a fishing trip and it was lots of fun even though the heat was killing me. I caught a big black sea bass and it looked really cool. The best thing I saw that day was that Charlie caught two fish on the same hook. The next day we visited the Roseway and played around with the water drone. The water drone worked pretty well and we saw a few fish with it. The people on the Roseway taught us a lot. We learned a little about steering the boat and how to find certain landmarks on a map to find your location. I think the most interesting thing was when they had us do a bunch of tests in the water to test acidity, temperature, and salinity. Thursday was pretty laid back and low-key. We used the water drone again but it wasn't really working so we focused more on finishing our deliverable for the week. Friday was when we went out kayaking with all the groups and that was definitely the best day. We got to hang out with all the other groups and just have fun out on the Charles River. The water splashing against my face was cooling me down as the sun was beating down on my skin. Our staff got us sandwiches and food after so thank you for the treat! 

    I would define environmental injustice as communities facing an unequal exposure to pollution and poor environmental conditions. The Office of Environmental Justice was created in 1992 to address the needs of vulnerable populations by decreasing environmental burdens and increasing things that would benefit the environment. The Office of Environmental Justice provides workshops and training for internal and external stakeholders so they can learn about the broad range of issues that relate to environmental justice. In my small town of Holbrook, we have a small lake in the center and it's called the Grove lake. The Holbrook Chemical Corporation was placed right near it so they were putting all of their toxic waste into our freshwater lake. We can hold peaceful protests to inform people about the pollution going on in smaller communities. I should care about environmental injustice because even though it may not be happening exclusively where I live, the Earth is everyone's home and we should be taking care of it. 

 
A picture of the Black Sea bass that I caught



The ICA building that we used the water drone near

Deep Sea Fishing!

Last Sunday I had the opportunity to go out to the Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary to do some deep sea fishing, whale watching and phytoplankton drifts. Stellwagen Bank is a large section of the Northern Atlantic that has been designated a National Marine Sanctuary by Congress in 1992. This area was protected because it is a unique geologic formation of the sea floor. In this stretch of ocean the Bank or sea floor rises sharply from over a hundred feet to around 65 feet. Deep sea nutrients are upwelled here because of the Bank allowing lots of wildlife diversity. Here you can find animals ranging from the endangered Right Whales to a large variety of sea birds.

Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary 

While in Stellwagen we had the chance to see a number of pods of Humpback Whales! Before then I had never seen whales in real life. The most shocking part about seeing them was their sheer size. I've never seen anything living that is that large. We got to see their flukes and even saw one whale slap its fin on the water which apparently is a sign of aggression. Another animal that we had the privilege to see was a Leatherback Sea Turtle. Leatherbacks are rare and endangered. I didn't even know that turtles lived up here. The turtle that we saw had a jellyfish in its mouth! 

Leatherback Sea Turtle
Humpback Whale Fluke




















While Fishing we saw a number of boats out Tuna fishing. We were fishing for bottom feeders meaning fish that live close to the sea floor. We caught Haddock, Whiting, Mackerel and redfish. When we did our Plankton drift I learned that underwater things look a little green because of phytoplankton. Phytoplankton are part of the base of the marine food chain.
Me Catching a Haddock 

I'm so thankful to have gotten the opportunity to spend the day with this group of amazing people!

(L-R) Captain Mike, 1st Mate Bradley, Roy, Me, Krill (marine biologist), Michael, And Vanessa 

STH Deep Sea Crew 

Environmental Justice & Carson Beach Fun!

Heyy everyone,


    This week my group and I got to hang out at Carson Beach! We set up a piece of paper as our mural with the question "what's your favorite thing about Boston's Beaches?" written at the top. We asked people to answer that question by drawing or writing and got to hear their stories which was really cool to hear. We dug for clams and my shoes got really muddy so that was kinda sad but it's fine. On Wednesday our group got to go out to Spectacle Island with David Coffin who told us all about the island and its history. We collected some cool sea-glass, I really liked finding the bottle necks and pretending they were rings. After leaving the sea-glass on the beach we hiking up to the top of the island which was quite the workout, but once we got back down we got to swim and that was great way to end the day. To wrap up the week we had a little staff kayaking trip on the Charles, also QUITE the workout, but I got to talk to other groups I hadn't met yet and friends I hadn't seen in a while, I had so much fun :)).




    This week we have been talking about environmental justice, which is giving everyone the resources they need to protect and clean their environment regardless of race, color, income or anything as well as enforcing environmental policies. The Office of Environmental Justice has done some amazing work such as assisting overburdened and under-served communities to find solutions to local environmental and human health challenges, creating youth programs and workshops to educate, reducing disparities in childhood blood lead levels and making sure all people served by small community and tribal water systems have drinking water that meets applicable health-based standards. I think making sure everyone has clean drinking water is one of the most important and interesting steps that the OEJ is taking for environmental justice. So many diseases are caused by unclean water and if cleaning it can keep a small community safe from an epidemic then it is so worth it. No one should have to worry about whether or not the water they're drinking is safe or not, environmental injustice is a problem everywhere and the OEJ as well as Save the Harbor are doing our part to try and stop it. An example of environmental injustice occurred in Flint, Michigan during the water crisis. Almost half of those who live there are below the poverty line, and more than 50% are people of color. Flint residents noticed the water quality drop almost immediately, and began to complain about it. State Officials responded by publicly dismissing those concerns and to issue false assurances to them. They were ignored by the officials who were then slow to respond to the problem because the neighborhood didn't have the resources they needed, a classic case of environmental injustice. Another example of environmental injustice that relates more to our city is the number of hazardous waste sites in lower income communities. In an article written by Northeastern, there was a chart I read that used a system that gave each waste facility points based on how dangerous it was, totaled with the other facilities in each neighborhood. Comparing those points with the income rates was astonishing. In Downtown Boston (low income area) there was a total of 224 points, verses Charlestown (medium income area) that has 134. A significant difference and a clear example of environmental injustice. To spread more awareness about this injustice we can educate others as we are doing with this program and like we did in our video at Carson Beach this week. Environmental injustice is something you see first hand in Boston, the nice beaches in some neighborhoods verses the ones in bad shape and that no one really goes to because they aren't cleaned up like others. It's such a sad thing to see in your own city, knowing that there is such a gap between your neighborhood and someone else's. Working for Save the Harbor you also get to see those sites and the difference in how each of them look, but now we have the power to educate others and to speak out about it in our videos, and I am really grateful for being able to make change.

Sea you out there,
-Jane


Erickson, Jim. “Flint Water Crisis Is the Most Egregious Example of Environmental Injustice, Says Researcher.” Phys.org, Phys.org, 22 Oct. 2018, phys.org/news/2018-10-flint-crisis-egregious-environmental-injustice.html.


Faber, Daniel R. Unequal Exposure to Ecological Hazards: Environmental Injustices in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. faculty.uml.edu/sgallagher/Environmental_Hazards-MA.pdf.



Week 3 in the Breeze

       Hello everyone,
         Aidan here again wih another blog about week three at Save the Harbor, Save the Bay. This week, my team and I were working out Castle island, an old coastal fortress used in the civil war. There is a pier there that people can fish off of that looks over the Logan airport runway, and a small beach next to the restaurant there, named Sullivan's, where people can swim in, the beach is filled with sharp shells and rocks, but has plenty of animal life, such as crabs, hermit crabs, rock oysters, and small fish. There is also a memorial honoring the fallen soldiers of the Korean war who lived in South Boston.
Soldier of Korean War

        On my first day at Castle island, we spent most of the day fishing off the pier. I ended up reeling up an old fishing rod that was catching my rod and Keren's. It was covered in this orange gunk and sea muck and sea grass, so it must have been there for a long time. Other than that, we didn't catch much, except for a few crabs and a small fish in the crab trap. On the second day, we didn't do much except for exploring the area. On the third day, however, we got plenty of stuff done. I got to swim in the small beach area, and we worked on painting a portrait of Castle Island.
        Climate change is becoming a serious topic of discussion today, and it poses a serious threat to life as we know it. That may sound dramatic, but it really could affect the way we live. if the climate changed in Boston from what it is today, the impacts wouldn't be good. For example, if the weather starts cooling and the land in Boston gets to cold, it impacts the summer, which impacts how long I could work at Save the Harbor for a summer. If it gets too hot, it could be too dangerous to go outside without serious protection from heat sickness and sunburns. From my standpoint, it seems like Boston is getting much warmer than usual, since most days have either been rain or intense heat. The best way for me to advocate awareness about climate change is to keep working with Save the Harbor Save the Bay. The whole point of the job is to keep awareness and maintain the health of the Boston Harbor. Weather and the way it can change is a part of that awareness that must be kept.

Fish Pier @ Castle Island

        
Anyways, that's all I have for today. I liked my site and talking about the problem of negative climate change, so until next time,
          Aidan.

Castle Island

A great way to begin our week was with a fishing trip aboard the infamous Belle. Captain Charlie gave us a lesson about how lobster traps work. Aidan and I were lucky enough to help hoist one each onto the boat, check what was inside and send it back. We learned that the lobsters travel backwards so they will climb into the trap and get stuck by the net that blocks them from walking back out. Although there weren't any lobsters in the traps we checked, we were able to catch a few crabs such as green crabs, baby spider crabs, and rock crabs. One of the green crabs were molting, which we were informed is around the same time the female crabs lay their eggs. The shell was very soft and squishy to the touch. Upon release we gathered at the front to enjoy the ride towards hull for fishing.

Team Fatima & Kharliyah
Out in the waters there was lots of fish activity. That morning my entire team was able to catch a fish, plenty of black sea bass, perch, tautog. I caught two fish that morning one black sea bass and one perch, both beautiful creatures with diverse colors and intricate patterns on their scales. The appearance of the sea bass is easily distinguishable, they are black or a dark brown and their dorsal fins have white spots. They are intimidating especially when they flex their fins. Meanwhile the perch's appearance was smaller, with a golden/green-ish tint and dark bands on its sides. I released them both after catching and helped others hook their bait. It took me over 5 years to become comfortable with touching a sea-worm. Just the sight of them makes my skin crawl, they look like water milipedes with tons of legs surrounding their bodies. Not to mention their two sharp teeth that come out when they feel threatened. They certainly are great bait to use because they were gone after fishing all morning, we had to use some squid too. I did not have as much luck catching anything with the squid.

We spent the next few days at Castle Island in South Boston. This was an interesting site to walk around and see the many people who come to exercise or simply enjoy the area for walks with their friends, families, and dogs. So many cute puppies and dogs showed out this week. The weather was perfect for a walk around the ocean and lunch at Sully's. We worked on a mural of the things we saw around the island, including Fort Independence. It is one of the oldest forts of English origin in the US, once used as a confinement for prisoners and training for local soldiers. On a regular day the fort would be open to the public where you can wander freely or go on guided tours. From above the fort has a distinct Pentagon/Star shape. Similar to the Charlestown Navy Yard, there is a Korean War Veteran memorial at the front of the peninsula.
Waiting to see what's next
-Kharliyah
Summer 2020

War Veteran

Castle Island mural

"Careful They Bite!"

Deep Sea Fishing
     Hey everyone,       
    This was a great week of work as I was located at Castle Island on Wednesday and Thursday. I had not been to Castle Island in a few years prior to then and I had forgotten the layout of the island which made it fun when I arrived there. I went and explored the places that I was allowed to venture into which was nice. I ended the week on an all-day deep-sea fishing trip and caught many cool and new fish species that I had not heard of and interacted with. We also saw a few whales and a leather back sea turtle which I didn't realize how big they were until I was up close to it on the boat, it was a great way to end the week!
My amazing Catch

Climate change has affected me in a plethora of ways when it comes to my daily life. One of the most notable ways is that there are a lot more efforts to reduce the use of vehicles and large Co2 releasing machines which is why blue bikes are so common in the city of Boston where people can pay to rent out a bike for the day and ride to their needed destinations opposed to driving and releasing more harmful chemicals into the atmosphere. 
Something that I noticed that climate change has impacted is the type of fish that we catch, although I have only been fishing for about two years now with Save the Harbor I've heard many stories from fisherman and other people that fished in the harbor decades ago that back then there was always an abundance of fish and due to over fishing and climate change those fish have migrated south and off the coast because the water temperatures and pH levels have gotten too high for them to live. I believe change has been detrimental to the marine life in the harbor and all organisms on earth but on the contrary, I think that we as a society and people are headed in the right direction when it comes to making this planet healthier and we are on the up tick.

Castle Island adventures

Hi guys,

We started our week off with a trip on a boat around the Harbor and captain Charlie taught us about lobster traps and how to tell the difference between a female lobster and a male lobster. We unfortunately didn't catch any lobsters but we caught different types of crabs with bait which was 2 or 3 big fish and there was a female crab that had a soft shell and they said that if they have soft shells that how u can tell that their mating. We had two types of bait the squid then these worms with a whole bunch teeth and about hundred tiny feet. At first I did not like to put the bait on the hook but i got over it because i had to do it so many times. Everyone at least caught one fish that day they types of fish that we caught were black sea bass, perch, tautog after we caught the fish we released them back into the ocean. 

Then on Tuesday we were at Castle island there we went fishing at the dock we didn't catch any fish but someone in our group caught two fishing poles and they smelled horrible then we ended up losing some hooks and the weights because it keep getting stuck on the sea weed and it was hard to get off but with our crab trap we catch two crabs and that was it we did end up keeping the crab trap there at the dock over night but when we came back the next morning someone must of touched it because nothing was in the crab trap.

Black Sea Bass

Green Crab
Then on our second day at Castle Island Kharliyah made us some food then we were going to ride the blue bike around the beach but it was to far away so we just ended up walking around and then painting what we had seen around the beach so i had drawn the shore line of the board walk then the two other people in my group drew a rainbow and the castle. We tried to go in the castle but it was closed due to corona so we just ended up playing everyone's it its basically where you have to tag a person and if they tag you your out and they go on to tag the next person until no ones left to tag. Next we would have lunch at Sully's their food was pretty good. Then we had a sports bag with a Frisbee and balls and a base ball bat so we played volleyball and almost lost the ball in the ocean but i caught it just in time. Then we went on lunch break then after that we went up a hill where there was a little bit of shade then Roy and me played baseball to see how far we could hit it. Then we seen this monument remembering some of the soldiers that fought in the Korean War.      
Sea you next week for more!
 - Keiana              
Fort Independence
                                                          
Korean War Vet Memorial 

Revere with a splash of Environmental Justice

Team Fatima and Kharliyah's weekly selfie :)
   
Hey everyone,     
     July done already? Well, time is flying and this past week my team and I explored the first public beach in the United States, Revere Beach. To start of the week, on Tuesday --the hottest day of the week-- my team and I decided to make a TikTok for our deliverable about environmental justice. In the Tiktok, you will see Kharliyah, Keren, and Keiana picking up different types of trash on the sand and in the water then throwing it where it belongs, which is the trash. After making the TikTok, we spent some time sand racking, enjoying the refreshing cold water, and avoiding any sunburn since this week was very hot with lots of sun. For the remainder of the week, we spent our time picking up more trash that we found, did some tanning while relaxing on the beach, and team bonding.

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Justice for the environment :)
        Just like climate change, environmental justice is a social movement that doesn't get talked about enough, knowing how important it is in today's world! Some may think that environmental justice is making sure that the oceans are becoming cleaner, less trees are dying, and less animals are dying, which is true but there is a lot more to it. Environmental justice is securing that all people regardless of their race, color, ethnic background or income has the same rights to a clean environment and neighborhood. To me, real environmental justice and change starts at the leaders of the cities and states putting more funding into projects and policies that are going to ensure making neighborhoods cleanlier and healthier.
      One doesn't need to be an adult to know that neighborhoods in Boston need to be more taken care of, especially low-income areas. On a website I found called, Environmental Racism/Justice, A Report By The Philanthropy and Environmental Justice Research Project at Northeastern University states, "Dr. Daniel Faber, project director, says "If you live in a white community, then you have a 1.8 percent chance of living in the most environmentally hazardous communities in the state. However, if you live in a community of color, then there is a 70.6 percent chance that you live in one of the most hazardous towns." This doctor is saying that if you are living in a community of color, there is nearly a 70% chance that your community is more hazardous than a white community. That statement is completely absurd and it is 2020, not the 1800-1900s. These types of statistics shouldn't be valid anymore. All communities should have the equal amount of protection and cleanliness regardless of color and income. This is a problem that needs to be fixed now and the leaders of these areas such as state legislators, mayors, and city counselors need to make the change happen by providing more funding to policies that make sure low-income areas and communities of color are becoming cleanlier and less hazardous.
      Catch you on the water,
           Fatima Fontes :)

       Duffer Erin. Environmental Racism/Justice. https://www.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=2121227eea084b98a8eb7e2f13563bfc

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Environment justice, Fun at Malibu

Hello once again Save the harbor Save the bay family! This week our team was at Malibu / Savin Hill beach, it was a great 3 days spent doing fun things and making a music video for y’all. Some things we did at our stay in the beach was fly drones, make an awesome music video, and climb trees 😂. 

In today’s blog topic we have something that gets overlooked a lot of the time when thinking of our communities here in Boston. This topic is called Environment Justice! Environmental justice is a social movement aimed to have all people regardless or race, color, national origin, and income to get fair treatment and meaningful involvement with their community. 
In an article called, “Justice bills target impact of the entities that pollute” by Kaitlyn Budion, she quotes, “ We know that when pollution is allowed in the poorest, most diverse, and least politically represented neighborhoods that it affects us all,” said Vick Mohanka, from the Mass Power Forward Coalition. “We cannot live in a society that treats some people differently than others because we know that next time it’s our turn.” Ms. Mohanka is basically saying that our poorer and more diverse communities suffer the most from unfair treatment and pollution. She is also trying t say that a lot of us (people considered minorities) don't have a voice, we don't take politics serious. The main consequences of that is possibly getting a person who takes advantage of their position and makes laws that we don't benefit from, and who does the benefit go to? obviously the rich people id have to assume. 
Let's end this injustice by taking action and venturing into our political leaders. 

AlEx signing out. 


Environmental ideas for a better future

    For this week the team and I went to For point channel. While being here I was seeing all of the boats and the amount of people that go there daily. There was an area near called Fan Pier. In front of it was the federal court. Seeing the water and enjoying the nice warm weather was fun. Then we went to visit the Roseway. They taught us a lot about water quality and the boat mechanics. The water quality was interesting and we realized that water quality is super important to how everyone functions. From the fish to the fisherman. We also learned how the fish reacts to the water quality. If the water is to salty they can die from osmosis. 

    I don't think water quality has much to do with environmental justice. There was an idea that was brought to my attention. The idea of water level barricades. They are an idea that was quickly taken down for money cost. Though to me the idea was one that made me think of the idea of environmental justice. When I saw construction workers create more buildings by adding more rock layering to create more land it made me think on how bad it can get. If water levels rise wont the buildings be covered in water. Environmental justice is such a big and unimaginable idea that has many answers but even more questions. Hopefully one day there will be a future where the questions will be answered. 


A man-made structure in South Boston

The Voice of Our City

Hey guys, 

Woohoo!! We made it through week 5 and didn’t melt. This week my team and I spent some time at Malibu beach in Savin Hill overlooking the Dorchester Bay. I had a lot of fun with my group as we tried coming up with a rap song about this beautiful beach and the neighborhood surrounding it. It is always fun hearing what our minds came up with whenever we forgot our lyrics. 

This week we also had our staff day where we kayaked on the Charles River which is humongous once you’re actually in it. I’ll never get over how beautiful Boston is from all angles. 

Despite all our fun this week, we still have a mission, a topic to bring to light; Environmental justice. Environmental justice is the genuine participation and unity of all people from all different walks of life coming together to create better laws and regulations concerning our surroundings and nature, for the benefit of all life. 

Learning about the history of this country’s part in environmental justice I was surprised to learn it was mostly started by People of Color, Martin Luther King being a huge supporter and activist for the betterment of Urban ghettos and impoverished communities. This country has a history of undermining or not putting enough effort in the betterment of urban ghettos often situating land fills or garbage dumps in predominantly black communities. It is vastly important that this movement continues especially in this City. 

Boston is not foreign to implicit racism and inequality. Redlining has since been ruled illegal but does that mean realtors and city developers abide by those laws. Savin hill is a fine example of gentrification and lack of environmental justice. When you get off at the station one can clearly see where communities divide and who gets cleaner streets. On one side of the station you get Dorchester Ave, Dorchester Ma, an Urban Ghetto. Whereas the other side of the station you get predominantly white communities with nicer homes, cleaner streets, an entire beach. Research local organizations, write letters to state officials for equity, we can all do our parts. 


Until next time,

Jay Gomez 


Friday, July 31, 2020

My week at Constitution!!!

    Hey everyone so this week my group and I were placed at Constitution Beach in East Boston. This week has been a pretty good week even though it was HOT. Well, we started off our week by coming up with an idea to present our deliverable for this week. We worked quite efficiently and finished our deliverable faster than we expected. We decided to create a little mini scavenger hunt, based on Constitution. Each of us had a different part of the beach to draw and color as we all hid crabs around the drawing. 
    Since we finished our deliverable we decided to take a trip down Belle Isle Marsh we also brought along a furry little friend. We first took the train to Beachmont and had a little lunch break. After we were done eating we headed toward Belle Isle marsh. We walked along the pathway of the marsh and saw different views of it. This trip was fun and quite an experience. The only thing I didn't like was all the bug bites I was scratching once I got home. 
         Us at the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation. 

    Kayaking today was fun but scary. It was good to get to know some people that work for Save the Harbor/Bay other than the people in my group. We all kayaked as one big group and had some fun. Of course, I was terrified that I was going to fall into the water. But for my first time kayaking, I did a pretty good job. The part the was the most stressful and difficult part of this trip was when we paddled back to the dock because we had to paddle against the current making our arms tired. Every time Che and I stopped for a break we were drifting backward so it took us more time to get back. Towards the end, we all came together as a group and ate lunch more than 6 feet of each other of course. At the end, we all took a group photo and shared some laughs with one another. It was quite an experience to have some fun but also to meet new people
    This week's theme was environmental justice. When I hear environmental justice I think of justice for all people. Environmental Justice is important to this society because there are too many stereotypes and awful incidents causing great pain and immense damage to many people. Different ways to raise awareness for Environmental Justice is by holding different events/fundraisers to help those in need. People should care about this topic because it affects a lot of our people living in this society today. Most people are judged and mistreated by the color of their skin, or the country they come from. It leaves me in shock at how disrespected people are just because they are different. This is important because it is unfair to those who do no harm and are still judged upon. 

Catch you later,
Arianna 

Quality vs. Quantity!

    Environmental justice means ensuring that all people, regardless of race, culture, or background, have equal rights to a clean living environment and access to public areas that can be enjoyed without risk to those using them. This week, Team Claudia was in Fort Point Channel searching for climate justices and injustices, learning about water quality on the Schooner Roseway, and looking at footage of life underneath the Boston Harbor waters. 



Monumental structure on the Harborwalk



      When I think of a big environmental justice success, I think about the Safe Drinking Water Act passed by congress in 1974 after communities in the U.S. realized water quality is important for a high quality of life. The US Geological Survey now has an online tool that helps you learn about the quality of streams, rivers, and freshwater across the states. Find it here!

    On the complete opposite side, when I think of environmental injustice, the 2010 BP oil spill on the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico pops up in my head almost automatically. It was the largest marine oil spill in history! It spilled 4 MILLION barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico and had irreversible effects on the marine and coastal environments. These kinds of environmental disasters are incredibly difficult to contain and even more difficult to pin point where they affect. You can't simply clean up an oil spill in aquatic areas with a rag or nets. Instead, a chemical called a "dispersant" is used to break up the oil and dilute it so that the impact isn't as bad in one area, but spreads out instead. This makes you question how much of the world an accident like this actually impacts!

    On a more Boston-related topic, the small city of Chelsea, just north of Boston, struggles with air pollution. This is because Chelsea is known for it's industrial history as well as ongoing industrial projects, like the import of scrap metal for example. Ships constantly coming in and unloading materials most certainly affects the air quality with emissions from boats and metal particles. Currently, Chelsea has a high minority and immigrant population, likely due to how affordable housing is. It makes you think about how environmental justice affects these groups more than others as well as lower-income groups. 



Drain leading straight to the Boston Harbor


    Every person should be concerned with the topic of environmental justice because it affects everyone of us, from the air we breathe to the public spaces we enjoy. Youth and people of the community can be more proactive in topics of environmental justice by getting school programming involved with the city council and state legislators through attending meetings, writing letters, and calling about important topics to you!


Catch me on the coast!

- Claudia

 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Week 2 @ Constitution Beach


Hello Everyone, 
This week my team and I were at Constitution Beach in East Boston all week. I had an amazing time, despite the difficult weather. Constitution beach overlooks Logan airport, so all day you can see planes departing and arriving. The beach is gorgeous and I highly recommend going there if you can. One super cool thing about Constitution beach is that the tides there are super visible. I have included some pictures to show how crazy it is! 
High Tide

Low Tide
Once low tide comes, it is really easy to walk down to the water and find a whole bunch of clams in the sand. Unlike last week, I actually caught a couple of them! I made sure that they all went right back into the water once I was done looking at them though. Clams can be found all over the Boston area and are usually found under the sand. 

Juvenile Herring @ Constitution



Another animal that I found at the beach was a juvenile herring. It was dead when I found it, but still super cool to look at. When I first found it I thought it was a lure that a fisherman had lost. Juvenile herring are a super important food source because many different species of larger fish feed on them. 

In the end, I had a super fun week hunting for sea creatures at Constitution beach! 

Best, 
Hannah Banana ;)