The World We Need celebrates America’s unsung grassroots environmental groups — often led by people of color and the poor — that defend communities against polluting industries and help them mitigate the impacts of climate change. This excerpt tells the story of UPROSE, a nonprofit that has since 1966 worked to ensure sustainability and resiliency in Brooklyn, New York.
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The storm’s approach marked an unusual time. Adan Palermo, then a 19-year-old artist, was living with his family in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Sunset Park when Hurricane Sandy pummeled the Caribbean islands, leaving many in Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic without power, roofs, or passable roads. It barreled onward to New York City. Palermo had previously bunkered down for blizzards for a couple of days at a time, but this seemed different. “We normally don’t have storms of this kind of magnitude occurring in our area,” he thought. His family stocked up on batteries and water as the grocery shelves emptied. “People were buying up the stores.”
As Sandy touched down on October 29, 2012... Read more