September 27th Newsletter

Hello Sprout Up NYC family and friends!

We are very excited to announce classes have started in our schools for the semester! If you are the parents or teachers of our budding  Scientists and Stewards we are very happy to welcome you to the Sprout Up NYC family.

We’d also like to take a moment to focus on the recent natural disasters that have struck and affected the lives of millions. Our hearts and minds are with those suffering from the effects of the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands. The devastation throughout Puerto Rico and other islands has reached what local officials call ” a full blown humanitarian crisis”. There are a many issues that have lead to the gravity of the situation in Puerto Rico, environmental, social, financial, and political, and there is no simple solution. From the environmental perspective, Puerto Rico is already experiencing the growing dangers of climate change. However, investing in long-term measures to address climate change was not of the highest priority due to difficult financial situations in the territory. In addition, Puerto Rico, like Houston, did not have the infrastructure to handle the flooding associated with hurricanes of such intensity as those that struck. For example, some communities off of Puerto Rico’s capital city of San Juan have fallen into the water due to rising sea levels. The focus of this section is on Puerto Rico because the aid going there is too little, though hopefully not too late. For more information please see ThinkProgress. If you have the means, PBS has outlined ways that you can help. Please consider donating your time, money or at least your attention.

Executive Team News:

It’s that time of year again! Materials need purchasing and volunteers need fingerprinting. If you love the work we do please consider visiting https://www.nycharities.org/give/donate.aspx?cc=4273 or our donation page 🌱😊. None of this would be possible without donors like you. As a totally volunteer run organization, 100% of the funds we collect go to running  the chapters. We thank you for your continued support. ❤️

In other news, the window for the Sprout Up NYC internship through Gallatin has closed. If you have not applied yet and would still be interested in an internship, we will gladly take early applications for next semester. We will also send out reminders and more information closer to registration season with which schools and departments accept our internship for credit. We are also open to having a volunteer intern if you would like to start soon. Please feel free to email fiona@sproutup.org for more information.

Chapter Team News:

Columbia Chapter:

The Columbia chapter team has instituted a new weekly teacher- tutor session where the Education liaison and veteran instructors can go over lesson plans with new instructors. It is also an excellent opportunity and outlet for building a better bond within teams and between all members of the chapter. Everyone is encouraged to attend, they will take place every Wednesday evening starting September 27th. Contact the CU chapter team for more information.

NYU Chapter:

The NYU chapter team is fielding the idea of a clothes-swap event. It is to promote sustainable practices, decrease fast-fashion, save money, and of course be a whole lot of fun! More information to come!

Volunteer Opportunities:

 Environmental:

Rooftop Farming! – Intervale Green, the nation’s largest multi-family, Energy Star certified affordable housing development allows tenants to grow vegetable, herbs, and flowers on the rooftop farm.

Help turn soil, plant seeds, and weed to cultivate plots for harvest.

The Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) has worked for over twenty years to build a more beautiful, equitable and economically vibrant Bronx.

Educational:

 

Go Project The GO Project provides academic assistance and social services to underperforming elementary and middle school public school students in Lower Manhattan. GO’s year-round program supports the intellectual, social and emotional needs of children and their families by identifying students performing below grade level and helping them improve their academics and build self-esteem. After completing GO’s program, students enter middle school at, or close to, grade level, prepared for the academic challenges that lie ahead of them, confident that they are able to succeed, and with a network of resources for continued support.

Within Sprout Up:

If you are a fluent Spanish speaker and would be willing/ able to translate some articles and/or curriculum materials into Spanish please contact: fiona@sproutup.org

Estimated time commitment: 5hrs per semester, flexible scheduling.

Bite-size Environmental News:

A Call for Climate Justice: “The study, funded in part by the Environmental Protection Agency, found that overall exposure to NO2 among all Americans dropped between 2000 and 2010. But black and Hispanic people experienced 37% higher exposures to the pollutant than white people in 2010 – only a slight decrease from the 40% gap in 2000. In some parts of the country, the situation has actually become worse. In 2000, concentrations of NO2 in neighborhoods with the smallest proportions of white people were 2.5 times higher than in areas that are overwhelmingly white. In 2010, this discrepancy increased to 2.7 times higher. The gap between white and nonwhite people is starkest in the midwest and California.”… “We aren’t addressing the disparities in health risks. It’s important that this is recognized. We can’t just ignore it.”

Climate Change Effects on Infectious Disease: Predicting how climate change will affect the incidence of infectious diseases would have great public health benefits. But the relationship between climate and disease is extraordinarily complex, making such predictions difficult. Simply identifying correlations and statistical associations between climatic factors and disease won’t be enough, said Princeton University researcher Jessica Metcalf. Instead, researchers need new statistical models that incorporate both climate factors and the climate-disease relationship, accounting for uncertainties in both.

Urban Climate Change: Southern cities such as Houston and Tampa — which faced the wrath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, respectively — may not be the only urban environments vulnerable to extreme weather. Northern cities also face the potential for flooding as global temperatures continue to warm.

Communities Near Animal Agriculture Facilities: “ A growing body of research has documented the industry’s health and environmental risks. The issue has been well examined in the media, too. The New York Times and the Washington Post covered it. So have Dateline and 60 Minutes. The News & Observer earned a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on it in 1995. But the stench – and its consequences, both for the lower-income, largely African American neighbors of hog farms and the state’s environment – lingers.”

Want to learn more about vegan foods and the tasty ways you can reduce environmental impact of animal agriculture? NYC Vegan food and drink fest! Oct 1st 🙂

Op-Ed – Help us create an Op-Ed, commentary and submission section for future newsletters! Submit your drafts and ideas to fiona@sproutup.org

Do you do work with another organization outside of Sprout Up NYC that is dedicated to children or the environment? Are you zero waste/vegetarian/vegan/low carbon footprint/upcycling master/ all of the above or an otherwise creative environmental steward or trying to be and would like to write about your experience? Hit us up!

Quote of the Day: There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.- Audre Lorde

For questions, comments, concerns, ideas, and/or miscellaneous tidbits:

Please feel free to contact: fiona@sproutup.org

 

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