Posted by sara over 1 year ago

Climate Activism & the Black Lives Matter Movement

In anticipation of the new book All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, edited by Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Dr. Katharine Wilkinson, I have begun my routine of writing everyday (although I won't yet promise it will always be public), by exploring the work and writing of these two incredible women.

As you can already tell, climate change is constantly on my mind. But another issue on my mind lately (though I should say always) is the Black Lives Matter movement. The news has been extra disturbing the last several months, infuriating and heart-breaking and agitating in so many ways.

But the article recently posted by Dr. Johnson in Time Magazine reminds us how these issues of racial injustice and the climate crisis are inextricable from one another. To echo yesterday's post, each is deserving of justice in their own right, but they are nevertheless connected. As she says so warmly and brilliantly:

Let’s include ever more expansive understandings of justice in environmental work. Let’s integrate an understanding of interdependence. Let’s take a holistic approach inspired by ecosystems. Let’s value human diversity as much as we do biodiversity. Let’s think about the world we want to live in, and how we can build it, together.