Harlem’s Brotherhood/Sister Sol Develops Next Gen of Environmental Activists

To cap off Earth Week we sat down with Jason Warwin the Co-Founder and Associate Executive Director of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol along with Koemi Peña one of the student leaders of the organization. Brotherhood/Sister Sol is a social justice and youth development organization serving Black and Latinx youth in Harlem, New York. Through BroSis’ environmental education program, the organization is working to develop a new generation of environmental activists, teaching them about the natural world in the unlikely environment of New York City. BroSis youth are deeply engaged in environmental activism and help to maintain a community garden in partnership with other local organizations.

Hearing about the incredible work Jason and Koemi are up to felt so hopeful and we hope that you’ll watch the entire interview. When we asked Koemi what she hopes leaders in Washington might understand on Earth Day, she shared with us this bit of wisdom:

I wish [leaders in Washington] had the mentality that we’re temporary, this Earth is forever. We need to know how to preserve its natural beauty. We should keep it safe and protected but we need to teach people my age and younger how to do this…[We need to teach kids] that if they want to keep the parks they play in forever, they may have to plant a nice little seed that will grow into a tree. If there was a Brotherhood/Sister Sol in each state, we could really be doing something, and maybe, just maybe, our Earth could become something better.”

If you would like to volunteer with or support BroSis, please check out all the ways you can do so here.

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