By Eva Dean
Eva Dean is the host of Climate Check: Stories and Solutions, and is a member of Climate Idea Exchange.
In episode 2 of Climate Check, host Eva Dean chats with Ceci Pineda on how we can work with nature to combat climate change. Ceci Pineda is the Executive Director of BK ROT, an organization that offers a youth and bike powered food waste collection and composting service.
In this episode you will hear how composting helps counter increased storm surges, carbon dioxide, as well as cooling our streets by nourishing plants and trees. Ceci shares how working with the land connects us with deep ancestral wisdom that nourishes social resilience and cohesion while facing the Climate Crisis.
Ceci Pineda (they/them) finds hope in community practices that further land regeneration and that reciprocally heal our communities. Ceci is the executive director of BK ROT, which offers a youth-and-bike-powered food waste collection and composting service. Ceci has pursued community driven agroecology and land regeneration work in Puerto Rico and Mexico and co-facilitated a Climate Resilient Farming workshop at Soul Fire Farm in upstate New York. Through apprenticing at SoulFire Farm and volunteering at Hattie Carthan Herban Farm in Bedford-Stuyvesant and home-growing, they deepened their relationships with plant friends. Ceci is a co-coordinator of Interlocking Roots, a network of (QT*BIPOC) farmers and land workers. They have also worked with leaders of these organizations on initiatives to make them more inclusive of queer and trans* folks.
Climate Check is a new podcast that takes on the big questions: Where are we now, and where do we need to go from here? Each monthly episode breaks down the climate crisis through conversations with local climate activists and community organizers. They share stories of the many ways the climate crisis affects our lives, how they got involved, and what we can do together to foster a world that is equitable and sustainable. We discuss individual climate stories and pinpoint policies and local actions that can make a difference and lead us to a healthier climate and a more just society—from fighting pipelines to working with nature and everything in-between.
Climate Check was born out of a group of motivated Brooklynites eager to learn, share, and act. Spanning from different backgrounds and each bringing unique skill sets, the Climate Check team seeks to broadcast the conversations and share the information we wished we heard more about. What is happening in my neighborhood? How can I help? Fueled by pertinent information from passionate climate activists, Climate Check bridges the gap between those leading Brooklyn’s response to the climate crisis and the concerned citizens wanting to listen, learn, and make a change. Climate Check is ready for you wherever you are in your day: during your commute, on a walk, and while running errands. Climate Check isn’t just a podcast for scientists, climate activists, or leaders. Climate Check is for everyone who breathes air, drinks water, and cares about their community. Climate Check is for everyone.