Intersectional Environmentalism

Posted by Emily Sacharow on

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Black Environmentalists Talk About Climate and Anti-Racism by Somini Segupta from The New York Times. 

I'm a black climate expert. Racism derails our efforts to save the planet. by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson from The Washington Post. 

The Climate Crisis is Racist. The Answer Is Anti-Racism by Eric Holthaus from the Sierra Club.

List of Resources on Environmental Justice, Racism, and Whiteness by the Washington Environmental Council

Environmental & Climate Justice Resources from the NAACP

Giant list of resources for legal council, bail funds, protesting information, etc. Uncertain of original source.

I posted about intersectional environmentalism on Instagram a few days ago, but I wanted to put together a little more information on the subject on the subject. I try to use my voice and my platform to fight for environmental change, but it's important to remember that justice for people is also justice for the planet. To fill you in, here's an excerpt from my original post:

"I pivoted this businesses to a sustainable textiles and supplies company because doing something to be a part of environmental change was very important to me, but climate change will not impact us all equally. Marginalized people will continue to endure the worst of the planet’s problems from famine to communities under literal water. Environmentalism and anti-racism are connected. Those who care about climate change need to show up for Black Lives Matter. Like so many other problems we face, those who are apathetic to environmental problems might also be those who feel they won’t be personally impacted by its consequences. We need to move beyond aesthetically pleasing images of minimalist pantries and understand that environmentalism also needs to be intersectional." 

If you would like to learn more, here are some additional articles and resources! This is certainly not a definitive list and I would love to hear about other resources, but these hold really great information as a starting point.

 


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