Green at the ROOTS

Photo: Melisa Cardona. 

Alternate ROOTS continues to strengthen our efforts to “green” ROOTS Week and increase the sustainability of this multi-day gathering attended by 200+ people. Sustainability is the principle of providing for present-day needs in a way that does not compromise the needs of future generations. At its core are the “three e’s”: ecology, economy, and equity. As an organization of and for the earth, and a community working for social and environmental sustainability, it is only natural that we act collectively and intentionally to make ROOTS Week as ecologically sustainable as possible.

ROOTS also strives for economic and social sustainability through universal Work Co-op assignments, which support operational functions of the meeting through a non-hierarchical structure. One of the Work Co-op options is the Green Team, which is primarily responsible for coordinating the camp-wide composting, recycling, and general awareness of green practices and opportunities. However, it is important to think of the overall community we build this week as members of the Green Team because we are all responsible for conserving energy and water, reducing waste, and putting compost, recycling, and garbage in their proper places. There will also be numerous resources and opportunities to learn more and do your part throughout ROOTS Week.

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.