Our Environmental episode will profile 4 organizations who aid in preserving or repairing our fragile ecosystem. Riverkeeper, The Central Park Conservancy, The Natural Resources Defense Council and NYC Environmental Justice Alliance. Their leaders, volunteers and staff will be profiled in their ongoing efforts to bring clean water, pristine public parks as they fight against the pollution of our environment.
Riverkeeper is a member-supported watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries and protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents. For nearly 50 years Riverkeeper has been New York’s clean water advocate. We have helped to establish globally recognized standards for waterway and watershed protection and serve as the model and mentor for the growing Waterkeeper movement that includes nearly 200 Keeper programs across the country and around the globe.
The New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA) founded in 1991 is a non-profit, 501(c)3 city-wide membership network linking grassroots organizations from low-income neighborhoods and communities of color in their struggle for environmental justice. NYC-EJA empowers its member organizations to advocate for improved environmental conditions and against inequitable environmental burdens by the coordination of campaigns designed to inform City and State policies. Through our efforts, member organizations coalesce around specific common issues that threaten the ability for low-income communities of color to thrive.
Earth Day NY is more than a one-day event or annual environmental wake-up call. It is a catalyst for ongoing education, action, and change. It simultaneously broadens the base of support and rekindles old commitments through highly participatory strategies. Find out more about us at the links above.
Central Park Conservancy, a private, not-for-profit organization, was formed in 1980 by a group of concerned citizens determined to improve Central Park. Today, we manage Central Park under a contract with the City of New York. Over its 160-year history, the Park has experienced several cycles of restoration and decline. The era of decline in the 1960s and 1970s led to Central Park Conservancy’s formation. Central Park Conservancy is uniquely qualified to prevent future declines and ensure the Park’s care for current and future generations.