Climate Connections: Environmental Racism
Hi and welcome to our first-ever Climate Connections series! We’re diving into intricacies of how racial justice and climate change are connected and directly impacting each other in a system that continues to hurt and oppress. Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term “intersectionality” to ensure these connections are not overlooked. In a 10-week series, we will focus on the intersectionality of racial justice, climate change, and other important global issues as an opportunity to unlearn, reflect, and expand our knowledge. Leading with curiosity and humility, our objective is to connect the dots and dig deeper into the pervasiveness of racism and its impact on our planet.
We will share a range of readings, videos, and opportunities to support, donate, and recognize Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) who are leading these efforts. We value the work to turn over every rock possible and we hope you join us in the continuing efforts to combat racial injustice and climate change. At Climate Creative, we are a team of unique human beings set on a mission to influence equitable change through art, action and education.
Tip: Consider scheduling time in your week to learn!
You may not have time to read all the articles, watch a documentary, or go down all the rabbit-holes you want to right now. That’s okay. One good way to make time for learning is to literally schedule read, watch, and support sessions throughout your week.
Last week, my family and I attended an interfaith rally in Los Angeles in defense of Black life. We performed a group ritual in which we made noise for nine minutes to mark the last moments of George Floyd’s life. My wife, my oldest daughter, and I played African drums to mark those nine minutes with the rhythm of a beating heart. Da-dum, da-dum, da-dum, over and over again.
Octavia E. Butler
When global climate change and economic crises lead to social chaos in the early 2020s, California becomes full of dangers, from pervasive water shortage to masses of vagabonds who will do anything to live to see another day. Fifteen-year-old Lauren Olamina lives inside a gated community with her preacher father, family, and neighbors, sheltered from the surrounding anarchy.
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Now more than ever, it’s important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias — and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term “intersectionality” to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you’re standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you’re likely to get hit by both. In this moving talk, she calls on us to bear witness to this reality and speak up for victims of prejudice.