Wed, May 22, 2024 10:00 AM

Hosts: Ken Gale, Donna Stein, Sally Gellert
  • the mystery behind tardigrade super - powers discovered
  • EPA has announced Solar for All grants to 60 tribal groups, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and states -
  • and the ocean’s record - breaking hot streak.


Public green spaces have been under attack by people who covet that land to make a profit. On this Eco-Logic, we spotlight those attacks such as Governor's Island between Manhattan and Brooklyn and green spaces in the South Bronx.

Our guests for this show are Roger Manning of Metro Area Governors Island Coalition / M.A.G.I.C. and Mychal Johnson of South Bronx Unite.

Roger is a long time lower Manhattan resident and musician who performs with the Rude Mechanical Orchestra. He is co-founder of M.A.G.I.C., the group working to preserve the unique green open space quality of Governors Island. He'll talk about what to expect on a visit to Governors Island and the effort to push back on the threat of overdevelopment.

Roger Manning filed pro se a Motion For Leave to Appeal for the lawsuit against the egregious 2021 upzoning on Governors Island: “It is arbitrary and capricious of the City to approve zoning that will allow and encourage violations of the restrictive covenants in the Governors Island Deed that the City is obligated to enforce, covenants that bind the City itself”.

Mychal Johnson is a community-based advocate for environmental, economic and social justice in the South Bronx. He is a co-founder of South Bronx Unite and a founding member of the Mott Haven-Port Morris Community Land Stewards, where is also a board member.

He serves on the board of directors of the NYC Community Land Initiative (NYCCLI), the Bronx Council for Environmental Quality, and the Community Advisory Board of Columbia University’s NIEHS Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan.

He is a long-time activist organizing for greater access to open green space, truly affordable housing, a healthier quality of life, and community-focused development that supports rather than displaces neighborhood residents.

Developers' motto seems to be to build wherever the land is not built on – that is the opposite of people's needs, as in the South Bronx and Governors Island. As Mychal says "They can't stop themselves”.

It is a bedrock principle of administrative law that an agency is bound to follow its own rules.

“If your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.”

The Star-Ledger in Dec. 2021 ended its editorial with this: “John Muir also had it right, more than a century ago, when he wrote that any fool can cut down a tree. It takes a leader to save it.” Is Gov. Murphy that leader?

Our environmental news today covers the mystery behind tardigrade super-powers discovered; EPA has announced Solar for All grants to 60 tribal groups, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and states, including New Jersey, and the ocean’s record-breaking hot streak.

We lost a treasured member of the labor movement, peace movement, activist community, teacher, songwriter for the Raging Grannies, a frequent guest on Eco-Logic, and a decades-long member of WBAI--and an amazing Scrabble player. Rest in Power, Corinne Willinger.

This week’s environmental song is Leon Rosselson singing World Turned Upside Down.

Thanks to Tom Keough for his tree painting (see it in the upper right area of the promotional meme).

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  • Roger Manning - Metro Area Governors Island Coalition / M.A.G.I.C.
  • Mychal Johnson - South Bronx Unite.
  • World Turned Upside Down - Leon Rosselson

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