Post ecoWURD Environmental Justice Summit Press Release

Written by on October 22, 2019

October 22, 2019        


 Contact: YaYa Horne 

WURD Radio’s “ecoWURD Environmental Justice Summit” featured an array of ideas, cultural expressions, and solutions to better the environment       

(PHILADELPHIA, PA​) – On Sunday, October 20, 2019, WURD Radio held its first ever ecoWURD Environmental Justice Summit in partnership with Bartram’s Garden. Amidst the rain, which hosts and participants referred to as “liquid sunshine,” the event drew over 200 people, packing Bartram’s Garden’s Eastwick Pavilion at 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard in Philadelphia, PA. The 3-hour event was broadcasted live on WURD Radio (96.1FM, 900AM, and and hosted by WURD’s regular on air hosts Helanah Warren (Day Break), Charles Ellison (Reality Check), and weekend host, Dr. Paul Hopkins.

The event started with a lively interactive healing drum circle led by Music Over Matter and rhythm-inspired storytelling by Mafalda Bouzy. It also featured over a dozen environmental justice leaders, activists, and organizers whose work has been influential in communities of color. Experts included: John Francis, Author, PlanetWalker and The Ragged Edge of Silence; Jeannine Kayembe, Designer,, Founder- Life Do Grow Farm; Zulene Mayfield, Founder, Chester Residents Concerned for Quality Living (CRCQL); Joanne Douglas, Watershed Interpretation + Youth River Program Manager, Bartram’s Garden; and a musical performance by environmental justice band, Ill Fated Natives

The action-packed afternoon also featured the debut of the the ecoWURD commissioned photo exhibit “WASTED,” by noted photographer Zamani Feelings and Christopher Willis. The exhibit is an artistic approach to spotlighting the city of Philadelphia’s trash problem.

The event also included organizations providing resources and job opportunities. These included: Serenity Soular, Resolve Philadelphia, AmeriHealth Caritas, Brown’s Shoprite, Clean Water Action, Citizens Climate Lobby, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, New Voices for Reproductive Justice, and the US Census.

Check out WURD’s photo reel by clicking here! 

Watch the sizzle reel from the event below:

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About ecoWURD

A subsidiary of WURD Digital, ecoWURD is a unique community journalism initiative exploring the intersection of race, income and the environment. ecoWURD pursues a deep examination of Black Philadelphia in the context of broader issues of green space, air quality, water quality, residential displacement, pollution, climate change and toxicity. More information and exclusive content is found at or by following @ecoWURD. 

About WURD Radio

WURD ​(96.1FM | 900AM | @onwurd | | WURD App​) is the only African American owned talk radio station in Pennsylvania, and one of only three in the country. Since 2003, WURD has served as the heartbeat and pulse of Philadelphia’s Black community, providing an interactive format to educate, enlighten and empower. More information is found at or by following @onWURD.

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