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The Green Girl – Zakiya Harris

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In the current scenario, people are busy making money and surviving the days anyhow. The more they access social media, engage in numerous things the less they are aware of the environmental issues.

Growing up in Oakland, Zakiya was drawn to nature, embraced a green lifestyle, and avoided chemicals in her food & beauty products. Devoting herself to the environment and green lifestyle, she decided to raise awareness of the environmental issues among the children.

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In 2007, she founded the Grassroots Grind for the Green (G4G) organization to educate the kids about green issues as well as providing training in entry-level green jobs. She used hip-hop music as a hook. “We embraced it to make a deeper connection with the kids”, she explains.

One early and successful project was a free solar-powered hip-hop concert—the first of its kind—in San Francisco. Solar panels atop a mobile trailer generated all the electricity for the equipment, and the kids set up concession stands offering organic food and smoothies made in bicycle-powered blenders. The event proved successful, spawning other G4G concerts and captivating concert organizers and promoters who wanted to collaborate with G4G.

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“We’ve been able to tap into a demographic that other environmental groups couldn’t”, Harris says. She has immensely contributed her best towards educating the students that now “No one can tell me that poor folks or folks of color don’t care about the earth”, she says.

Sir William Golding truly said, ‘Women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been. Whatever you give her, she would double it. You give her a house, she will give you a home. You give her ingredients she will give you a meal. Similarly, Zakiya too multiplied her education into many successful projects.

Zakiya’s story rationalizes the struggle of bringing a change in the society and contributing towards the environment and educating the youth also for making this earth a better place for living.


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