Saturday, December 30, 2006

Environmental Justice For Jamaica Bay in New York

New York environmentalist Samara Swanston, left, wants the world to know that there is no access to Jamaica Bay in the predominantly black neighborhoods of southeastern Queens. For the last decade she has been working tirelessly on this environmental justice issue. She was recently quoted in the Times Ledger, "We have no access to the greatest resource in Jamaica. Many of our children have never been to Jamaica Bay." Swanston wants children in Jamaica, Springfield Gardens and other neighborhoods to have access to trails along the bay's waterfront. She also wants to build a boat launch that would give kayakers access to the bay. Swanston estimated that she has brought about 1,000 students to the bay since 1997.

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