Texas Southern Professor Robert Bullard argues Houston has a long history of locating landfills and incinerators – and their pollution – in mostly African-American and Latino neighborhoods. Now, some worry history could repeat itself, as a result of the One Bin For All recycling program.
On this edition of Houston Matters, we hear those concerns from Dr. Bullard and then talk with Christon Butler, the Project Manager of Houston’s One Bin For All program.
Also: Tonight at 8, Houston Public Media TV 8 will present a special edition of Pioneers of Television, remembering the late Robin Williams. The actor and comedian died of an apparent suicide last month. His death, and others like it, nationally and locally, have brought the subject of suicide front and center. We learn what Houston is doing – and what more can be done – to diminish the stigma of shame, guilt and mental illness, which might contribute to suicide attempts or impact surviving family and friends of those who take their own lives.
And: About 100 miles off the coast of Galveston, in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, lies the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, a group of coral reefs that boasts manta rays, huge coral heads and hundreds of species of fish. The banks are managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and every few weeks, NOAA’s marine research vessel, the RV Manta, travels out to check on the reefs. Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin will talk with the research team about how this oasis of nature came to be in an area punctuated with refineries.