By: Dorthea Thomas
Location: Detroit, MI
After gaining support from various local businesses in Northeast Detroit to provide trash pick-up, our team organized another community clean-up event on E. 7 mile. After 4 hours of hard labor, our team filled up about 30 biodegradable plastic bags of wood, paper, and other trash in the community. Continue reading
After beginning a summer filled with urban gardening, community clean-ups, and “Motor City Makeovers”, HOPE4GREEN Detroit is now working on bringing more sustainability to Northeast Detroit by partnering with other nonprofits like Solardarity to make Northeast Detroit a better and safer place.
Detroit has 88,000 street lights and over 50% are non-working for either financial reasons, outdated equipment, or thievery for scrap metal. With a newly implemented public lighting authority over Detroit’s lighting system, this public service and resource will be come completely privatized. However, by bringing in and advocating for alternative energy solutions for lighting Detroiters will have the opportunity to own and cooperatively bring in sustainable resources back into the communities.
This project will be coming to Detroit soon!
The Community Strategic Framework Planning Sessions of NE Detroit lays down foundation for the future.
Reflections by Dortheã E. Thomas
As a lifetime resident of Northeast Detroit, I personally believe that it’s important for our community to start bridging together for the benefit of our future.
Actually, for the first time in history residents, associations, and Nonprofits like Hope for GREEN DETROIT came together as a community with faith leaders, neighborhood groups, and local businesses to help create the first strategic framework plan to envision what we want the future of Northeast Detroit to reflect.
For every project, it started off as a vision with a plan.
As the youngest form of involvement Hope for GREEN Detroit knows it’s important that we have more young adults and youth representation at the table to help with the decision-making. With innovative ideas such as solar energy, wind farms, and green sustainable practices Detroit will surely rise again into a new economy.
The entire community should have their own active input on what our community should look like 10 to 20 years from now; this includes the young. Without the voice of the youth, there is no future.
The future of Northeast Detroit is bright.
Northeast Detroit is an area stricken with environmental degradation, illegal dumping, and an unreliable trash management system. Because of this, months of trash and debri starts to pile up in our communities leaving the health and safety of our residents at risk.
However the team of HOPE4GREEN Detroit is pushing to restore Northeast Detroit with community clean-ups, urban gardening, and boarding up abandoned homes that are open and dangerous.
Our next project is aimed to help rebuild and reconstruct this park. We are currently looking for volunteers to help with this initiative. We will began restoring the Doria park in northeast Detroit in June. Contact hopeforgreen.wordpress.com/contact for more information.
In the mist of some of the biggest civil rights movements of our Generation in Motown, the diverse group of international leaders in HOPE4GREEN Detroit plans to gather young people to push for more involvement in the urban planning process by educating and empowering our communities through grass-root organizing and energy and environment networking. The planning process is in effect! We are preparing to start door knocking, attending community forums, and getting the word about our initiatives for the city of Detroit. HOPE4GREEN Detroit has some pretty BIG goals for our community. But we’re ready, willing, and fired up! Stay tuned to hear more about the change we’re making in our Detroit by cleaning and maintaining one of 50 public parks Mayor Dave Bing has shut down in Detroit, volunteering in a community garden, and potentially working on Street Lights on the Northeastern District. It’s time to be the change we wish to see for our future. The world needs us!
Think Global, and ACT Local!
Having Only Positive Expectations for GREEN in NE Detroit
Starting in Mid- December, a new youth-led green movement will began in Northeast Detroit. This grass root organization Commission is fired up and ready to make a difference in the lives of those affected by environmental justice, pollution, and degradation in the community.
The mission of the HOPE for GREEN Movement is to foster an environment for growth, leadership development, and advocacy for environmental and climate justice for young people and communities of color with a special emphasis on the progression of women. Our purpose is to help develop policies and protocols to help make Detroit a more healthy and sustainable society by developing principles on waste reduction, energy efficiency and conservation, while also educating the community about the effects of climate change and environmental injustice. Our focus is to build awareness and provide leadership development in a community learning setting in Detroit, MI while working on women’s concerns for gender equity in a green economy.