When we think of our warm turkey, beautiful pumpkins, beautifully lit homes, and trees, we are not thinking about the taming of wilderness or environmental harm we are imposing on ourselves and the future. Traditional holidays, such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are directly creating non-point and point source environmental pollution to our communities, and we are the ones allowing it. In the early 1950s, Halloween was introduced to the American culture, enabling a new traditional activity to engage with. By carving pumpkins, eating candy, and dressing up into costumes, Americans found themselves a new fun to life.

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History and Transformation

Arising up black in a world of bigotry, bias, hatred, and judgment is an everlasting obstacle course. Many can offer consultation regarding the routes to take to avoid a bad interaction with the environment. In reality, however, nothing compares to the person who wears the armor and walks the battlefield every day. As a black woman, who identifies as disabled, and an environmentalist, my views will always be inspired by the experience in the battlefield. Also, other people’s experiences, literature, and many great black environmentalists sharing their skills and knowledge in our world.

​For starters, I would…

Donnie Monk

Intersectional Environmentalist

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