Creek Speak: Google Mapping True Stories of Life Near an Environmental Disaster Creek Speak: Google Mapping True Stories of Life Near an Environmental Disaster
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Creek Speak: Google Mapping True Stories of Life Near an Environmental Disaster

by Ben Jervey

October 9, 2010

If you like oral histories, neat new uses of geographic tools, and care at all about environmental justice, then you'll probably love this new Creek Speak: Voices from Newtown Creek project as much as I do. Created as a collaboration between the Newtown Creek Alliance and HabitatMap, Creek Speak is fascinating way to learn about the troubles plaguing the neighborhoods around one of the newest Superfund sites.


Creek Speak is an oral history project that uses online interactive maps to present the stories of people and places near Newtown Creek.  To listen to peoples stories or read about some of the places they mention, simply click on a map marker.  If you would prefer listen to the stories without clicking through the map, you can also access the audio stories here.

Update: I've embedded the map below. Thanks so much, Michael for sending along that code. If you can't get it to work, click here to start exploring.


 

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Ben is a writer and editor covering climate change, energy, and environment, and is currently the Climate and Energy Media Fellow at Vermont Law School. He was the original Environment Editor at GOOD Magazine and his work has appeared regularly in National Geographic News, Grist, DeSmogBlog, and OnEarth. He recently worked with the non-profit Focus the Nation to publish an Energy 101 primer. When living in New York City, he wrote a book, The Big Green Apple, on how to live a lower impact life in the city. A bicycle enthusiast, Ben has ridden across the United States and through much of Europe.
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Creek Speak: Google Mapping True Stories of Life Near an Environmental Disaster