Currently in Toronto — March 8th, 2023
The weather, currently.
An interesting day tomorrow. We have a system sitting to our southeast, though it will retrograde, or pull backward. This is mainly because the upper-level steering winds are weak. Typically our systems move west to the east....but on this occasion, it will spill some cloud into our region as it pulls back west. Anyway, we will start your Wednesday under a mix of sun and cloud and a wake-up temperature near -5°C, feeling like -10°C. Overall variable skies throughout the day, and dry with a high of 1°C, but dress for a windchill of -5°C. The wind will be moderate at times from the North 2-40km/h and the UV index will be 3 or moderate.
Wednesday night: Cloudy with clear breaks and a low of -4°C.
What you need to know, currently.
In honor of Women’s History Month, Currently is spotlighting the women and femmes who are—and continue to be—the backbone of the environmental and climate justice movement and pioneered the work to protect communities.
Hattie Carthan was a community activist and environmentalist who radically changed her Brooklyn, New York community of Bedford-Stuyvesant. And it all started with a seed.
Though she moved to a tree-lined block in Brooklyn in 1953, by 1964, only three trees were left. First, she started planting trees on her own. Intent on regreening her neighborhood, Carthan founded the Bedford-Stuyvesant Beautification Committee, in 1966. She sent postcards to everyone on her block and formed the T&T Vernon Avenue Block Association, which threw block parties to raise money to buy and plant trees. With over 100 block associations, they planted over 1,500 trees along the city’s sidewalks.
In 1975, Carthan was recognized by Parks Commissioner Edwin L. Weisl Jr. for her service to the city of New York.
Carthan died on April 22, 1984, in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Her legacy stretches far beyond the city and its now lush sidewalks. She established herself as one of the first Black community ecology activists, and her work started a whole new kind of environmental justice movement.
In 1985, a vacant lot was transformed into a community garden. In 1998, it was renamed the Hattie Carthan Garden to honor Carthan’s work. In 2009, the garden expanded to become the Hattie Carthan Community Garden Farm.
The Hattie Carthan Garden Youth Corps is a grassroots Black-led organization that works to carve out food justice within low-income communities through gardening, food education, and livestock, providing young people with the opportunity and knowledge to see the ways in which food production affects their local communities, particularly the “fresh food deserts” within them.
Similarly, the Hattie Carthan Community Farmer’s Market centers rural and BIPOC farmers to sell what they’ve grown.
What you can do, currently.
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