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Hope & Fluffed Feathers
Bridgeport's Fight Against Environmental Injustice

Jhoni Ada

October 2023

In the heart of Bridgeport, a city that has endured the scars of urban sprawl and too many instances of environmental injustice, lies a precious gem: Remington Woods. 

 

This old-growth mature urban forest stands as a symbol of resilience in a community that has faced numerous challenges. With two highways, two waste plants, and two power plants intersecting the city, it is evident that Bridgeport has borne more than its fair share of environmental burdens (#2toomany if we might add). 

 

But amidst this adversity, Remington Woods serves as a beacon of hope, a testament to the power of community-driven conservation and the urgent need for preserving green spaces in urban landscapes.

 

The importance of preserving Remington Woods cannot be overstated, especially in a city that grapples with a low tree equity score. This urban forest represents more than just a haven for biodiversity; it is a lifeline for Bridgeport residents yearning for cleaner air, access to nature, and improved well-being. The legacy of environmental injustice has disproportionately affected marginalized communities, making the preservation of Remington Woods a crucial step toward addressing these inequities. The destruction of this urban forest in Fairfield County should have us screaming #notinmybackyard! 

 

However, Bridgeport residents have not remained silent on the issue. It is awe-inspiring to witness the collective advocacy and community engagement that have emerged to protect this beloved forest. Together, we are reshaping the narrative of our city, infusing it with a renewed commitment to environmental justice and community welfare.

 

In June, the Remington Woods Cross-Sector partnership brought together an incredible coalition of local residents, environmental organizations, businesses, and government agencies. This powerful collaboration has achieved remarkable success, showcasing the power of unity and collective action. Through a plan for educational outreach programs, community forums, and public events, we are actively sowing the seeds of change, nurturing a profound connection between our community and nature.

 

Recent bird-watching events outings led by partner organizations (i.e. Aspetuck Land Trust through the efforts of Reggy S.) have also seen great success and brought immense joy to residents. Gathering more than 50 participants, including families and avid bird enthusiasts, these events have kindled a newfound passion for outdoor recreational activities such as bird watching and wildlife photography. The growing engagement from Bridgeport residents is a testament to the yearning for a greener, healthier, and more sustainable future.

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Photo credit: Reggy S of Aspetuck Land Trust

Yet, our journey to save Remington Woods is far from over; rather, it signifies a confirmation marker that we are on the right track. The success we have achieved so far is an inspiration to press forward with renewed determination. As we look ahead we invite you, our valued supporters, to join us in this continuing effort. Together, we can nurture and protect Remington Woods as a sanctuary of ecological richness, a space for recreation, and a source of pride for Bridgeport.

 

Let us stand shoulder to shoulder as we advocate for a greener, just, and equitable city. Through our collective passion and unwavering dedication, we can create a brighter future for Bridgeport, where environmental justice is not just a goal but a reality.

 

Preserving Remington Woods is not just about saving a forest; it is about preserving the essence of our community and securing a legacy of environmental stewardship for generations to come. Thank you for your unwavering support. Together we can continue making a positive impact and building a brighter future for all. This is #FarifieldCountysLastLung #Save RemingtonWoods

Want to Stay Engaged with the Save Remington Woods Campaign? 

 

  1. SIGN OUR PETITION! This is the perfect way to support our campaign and stay engaged. We are on track to reaching our goal of 2,000 signatures by the end of the year! Share the petition with your friends and family members and share with them the amazing things that have been accomplished thus far with this campaign. Every voice, signature, and story makes a huge impact on our ability to see this forest saved and reclaimed to our local community. Sign The Petition To Save Remington Woods

  2. Follow our Campaign on Facebook for updates and outing opportunities

  3. Community & Twilight Tweets: On October 17th, 6:00 p.m. at Housatonic Community College, join us for an evening of education and action to protect our nighttime wildlife and learn how to be a hero for our neighborhood feathered friends & wildlife! Register today! 

  4. Our Community & Twilight Tweets workshop will be followed by an Aspetuck Land Trust’s Owl Prowl Hour on October 21th! We hope to see you there – birds of a feather flock (stronger) together! Register today, space is limited

Jhoni Ada is Sierra Club Connecticut’s Community Outreach Coordinator on Save Remington Woods project in Bridgeport, along with other outreach and projects within the city and Fairfield County.

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