June 19, 2020

“I CAN’T BREATHE: INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT WORDS TO THE CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT”

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On this 2020 Juneteenth we are keenly aware that voice of black lives has not be heard or present enough in society. We'd like to share this excerpt from taken from https://heated.world/p/the-climate-movements-silence (Emily Atkin) Take time to read these words and reflect on how environmentalism has been and how it could be going forward.

"It simply does not make sense for anyone in the environmental or climate movement to stay silent on systemic racism, said Havstad. “The burden of the issues that you’re working on are falling harder on all people color, and particularly Black people,” she said. “Unless you’re willing to solve the roots of that disproportionate impact, you’re not solving anything at all.”

The environmental movement’s unwillingness to strongly advocate for racial justice is also likely a big reason why Black people are severely underrepresented in mainstream environmental groups; are less likely to identify as “environmentalists;” and less likely to participate in outdoor recreation, despite consistently reporting higher concern for the environment and the climate than white people. It’s not that they don’t care about solving a crisis that disproportionate affects them. It’s that they’re being pushed away from the biggest conversations with the loudest voices.

“Anti-blackness is rampant in the climate and environmental movement,” Havstad said. “It’s our responsibility to align our climate and environmental work with the movement for black lives.”

“THE STATEMENTS OF SOLIDARITY ARE GOOD, BUT THEY’RE NOT ENOUGH,” said Havstad"

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