Photo Essay: For Community Organization ‘Got Green,’ Earth Day is Every Day

by Susan Fried


It was a perfect day to celebrate Earth Day on Thursday April 22, and Got Green, an organization that has been fighting for climate justice in its own unique way since its inception in 2008, celebrated by organizing a full day of events. The day included a garden work party with Nurturing Roots, canvassing Beacon Hill and Rainier Beach, holding a virtual event with WA BLOC for 300 Rainier Beach High School Students, and having a community dialogue with Got Green and the Duwamish River Clean-up Coalition.

Dozens of volunteers showed up to the garden work party at Nurturing Roots Farm. Emily Chan, a staff member with Got Green, said that Earth Day was especially significant for the POC community because “Our communities have been hit really hard with environmental injustice, like air pollution and water pollution, and so Earth Day is special in that it is an opportunity for us to to connect with the earth and remember why we are all doing this (working for environmental justice).” 

Volunteer E.N. West added, “… our communities … being communities of color, Black and Indigenous communities, have been separated from the land, whether its from our homelands originally, whether it was from slavery, or through forced migration from war and famine and poverty and things of that nature. So now we’re on this land and displacement is happening here too, in the South End, so a moment like this when you get to put your hands in the soil and be like, ‘this is the land that I’m stewarding,’ that’s a really powerful thing — and just in general as human beings we have been deeply disconnected from the land that we are on, so this is a moment to literally ground ourselves in what we’re fighting for.”

Volunteers take a break from digging during a garden work party at Nurturing Roots Farm. In addition to the work party Got Green canvassed and postered the Beacon Hill and Rainier Beach neighborhoods, held an event with WA BLOC and 300 Rainier Beach High School Students and had a community dialogue with the Duwamish River Clean-up Coalition. (Photo: Susan Fried)
Volunteers plant carrots during a garden work party at Nurturing Roots. (Photo: Susan Fried)
Volunteers transplant some vegetable plants a garden work party at Nurturing Roots. In addition to the work party Got Green canvassed and postered the Beacon Hill and Rainier Beach neighborhoods, held an event with WA-BLOC and 300 Rainier Beach High School Students and had a community dialogue with the Duwamish River Clean-up Coalition. (Photo: Susan Fried)
Photo: Susan Fried
Nurturing Roots founder Nyema Clark takes a volunteer to an area where a Got Green work party is planting starts during one of Got Green’s Earth Day events. (Photo:Susan Fried)
Volunteers Shaylea Pilarski and Florence Sum staple a Got Green poster to a pole on Earth Day. Shaylea also participated in a climate even hosted by WA-BLOC for Rainier Beach High School students. (Photo:Susan Fried)
Livingston and Carter, both three-years-old, chase a chicken out of its coop on the Nurturing Roots Farm during one of Got Green’s Earth day events. (Photo: Susan Fried)
Livingston and Carter, both three-years-old, chase a chicken around Nurturing Roots farm during one of Got Green’s Earth day events. Got Green celebrated the day with a garden work party at Nurturing Roots, canvassing, an event with WA-BLOC and 300 Rainier Beach High School Students and a community dialogue with the Duwamish River Clean-up Coalition. (Photo: Susan Fried)
A grandmother introduces her grandson to a chicken on Nurturing Roots Farm during the Got Green Earth day Celebration April 22nd. (Photo: Susan Fried)
A volunteer wears a Got Green shirt during the Earth Day work party at Nurturing Roots Farm on April 22nd. (Photo: Susan Fried)
A volunteer plants a carrot start during a garden work party at Nurturing Roots. (Photo: Susan Fried)

Susan Fried is a 40-year veteran photographer. Her early career included weddings, portraits, commercial work — plus shes been The Skanner’s Seattle photographer for 25 years. Her images have appeared in the University of Washington Daily, the Seattle Globalist, Crosscut, and many more. She’s been an Emerald contributor since 2015. Follow her on Instagram @fried.susan.

Featured image by Susan Fried.

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