Meet the people we interviewed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Bluffton, Ohio in this collection of photos from Episode Nine.
Dr. Jamil Bey, President, CEO, and founder of UrbanKind Institute in Pittsburgh, PA.
Jamil is well-spoken, compassionate, gentle, and fiercely passionate about his work with UrbanKind. UrbanKind is an organization that advocates for “kinder” public policies and helps communities have a voice in the policies that affect them.
We met Jamil in Everyday Café in the Homewood Neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Everyday Café was started by a local church to bring people in the community together. In addition to building the coffee shop, they have worked to clean up empty lots in the neighborhood and started greenhouses and aquaponics projects to encourage community engagement with food.
Jamil told us the story of Vento’s Pizza, located in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh. East Liberty has been heavily gentrified over the last 10 years, but the owner of Vento’s refused to be bought or forced out. Vento’s is the only remaining business from the vibrant community that used to live here.
Ken Lawrence and Sara Brenner are part of a group called Transition Bluffton that works to create environmentally and socially sustainable practices in Bluffton, Ohio.
Ken and Sara talked with us about the internal, emotional impacts of climate change that need to be confronted and addressed. We discussed what this grieving process looks like for them.
Mark Dixon is a filmmaker, photographer, and public speaker. Mark is currently working on a documentary about air quality in Pittsburgh and the resulting health affects that it has on city residents.