Working for a Sea Change

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Weis, third from right, with Marine Team members at the 2018 March for the Ocean. All photos courtesy of Judy Weis.

This article was published on the Sierra Club’s national website on May 6, 2019 and can be found here.

Judith “Judy” Weis’ fascination with the ocean began at the age of seven, when on a summer vacation to Shelter Island, NY she made a discovery that set her imagination ablaze—a large hermit crab walking in shallow water, inhabiting a whelk shell that was adorned with such life-forms as barnacles and seaweed. “This incredible collection of living things was walking in the water; I thought it was fantastic,” Weis says.

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An Environmental Justice Beacon Shines in Oakland

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Ms. Margaret Gordon — Founding Member & Co-Director, West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project

My interview of Margaret Gordon was published as a ‘Spotlight’ feature by the Women’s Environmental Network on May 1, 2019 and can be found here.

Ms. Margaret is a lifetime community activist. As a young single mother she worked her way off welfare by attending commercial cooking school, after which she cooked for various institutions including Alta Bates Medical Center and a UC Berkeley fraternity house.

She’s a founding member of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project (WOEIP)—a resident led, community-based environmental justice organization dedicated to achieving healthy homes, jobs, and neighborhoods for all who live, work, learn, and play in West Oakland, California.

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Sleeping Under the Stars in the Big City

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Happy campers from Keep Growing Detroit, 2018. Photo courtesy of Keep Growing Detroit.

This article was published on the Sierra Club’s national website on March 8, 2019 and can be found here.

Millions of city dwellers rely on urban green spaces for connection with nature, a temporary escape from the cement and steel that dominates their environment. But the ability to do so isn’t a given; urban green spaces are often concentrated in areas of greater wealth, contributing to a sense of nature being inaccessible.

Detroit Outdoors is working to change that in the Motor City.

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