Video: Majora Carter Speaking at Omega Institute

I often feel left out of environmental issues because the conversations or intentions rarely start at a community level.

Folks can talk about creating green jobs at conferences and panels all they want, but if the there is no infrastructure to support green businesses that would hire workers for a green economy, then most of the talk is hooey.

And yet, there might be just another way to go about this. I first saw Majora Carter on a TED video that rocked the house. She was talking a mile a minute and busting preconceived notions as she spoke.

Majora managed to put Al Gore on the hot seat. That isn’t easy to do when you are talking about environmental issues, but she got his — and a lot of other people’s — attention.


This is a clip from a talk that she gave at the Omega Institute for Holistic Sciences.

Majora Carter is the founder of Sustainable South Bronx. In this video she is speaking about what we can do where we are instead of “Whoa is me, we are gonna die.”

Well, yes, we are going to die eventually. In the meantime, we can determine how we choose to live and act in accordance with our beliefs and principals.

We have to start somewhere. The time may be now to allow that whisper of inspiration to be heard.

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Photo from video created by Omega Institute for Holistic Sciences 2011

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Gena H.
Gena H.4 years ago

To Ana G: Majora challenged Mr. Gore to consider that instead of seeing or thinking of certain groups of people as taking or needing resources there could be another view of seeing those same people as providing assistance or a solution.

It is a shift in perception. It was not said in hostility. There was laughter and the ah ha moment of

One that all of us really need to engage in, myself included.

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago


rita b.
Rita B.4 years ago

Great talk. She is right we can all do our bit to help the planet and those around us.

Omega is one of my favorite places anywhere. They have all kinds of fantastic programs, great food and a beautiful setting. If you are looking for a fun and meaningful vacation check out their website I only wish I lived closer, so I could visit more often.

Valarie S.
Valarie Snell4 years ago

good article

Mrs Shakespeare
Mrs Shakespeare4 years ago

The speech is probably on Ted's official website, I'll try checking it out because it sounds super good.
Could please someone tell me via personal messages why is Al Gore being attacked by some people? And dont expect a reply; my account is seriously messed up. Thanks.

Ana G.
.4 years ago

Al Gore has one a word of good.

What is your beef with someone asking us to be responsible? and showing us what is the consequence of irresponsibility?

Sit there and criticize Al all you want, as you melt in the heat wave. Oh wait, it is an illusion, right? Smoke and mirrors... yea.

Barbara Brown
Barbara Brown4 years ago

Wish we could have heard the whole speech! Anything and Anyone that puts Al Gore in the "Hot Seat" is Okay with me!! Bet he backed up a few steps and definitely is taking another look at this Lady!! KUDOS!!

Horsehockey Horace
Past Member 4 years ago

That's a very smart, motivating lady! THX

Akin Adelakun
Akin Adelakun4 years ago

Thanks for the article.