The global liberation of Black people is fundamental to the preservation of life on this Earth in the presence of climate chaos
March 23, 2015
Principles of Environmental JusticeDelegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held on October 24-27, 1991, in Washington DC, drafted and adopted 17 principles of Environmental Justice. Since then, The Principles have served as a defining document for the growing grassroots movement for environmental justice.
“Robert Bullard – The Genesis of Environmental Justice” (very brief introduction to EJ movement history); archival Material from Warren County PCB protests: Newsreel Footage + Photos
Reflecting on Reclaiming Abuelita Knowledge: “Pursuing environmental studies and trying to be “green” has, instead of bringing me closer to the earth and to my roots, taken me in a direction of separating me from my Filipino culture…When I came back from the retreat this weekend, the first thing I did was ask my mom to make me a Filipino breakfast. It was something I craved after being surrounded by people who affirmed that I have a place in the DSN.” – Sonny, Fossil Free SFSU Alumnus
“The divestment movement for me has been a series of moments where I could step out and say, I don’t see myself reflected in this movement, so it isn’t the movement for me, or I could step in, and work to make it the movement I want it to be and we need it to be. And part of working in the Caucus for me has been stepping in, and building relationships that give us the courage to do what is hard.” – Sachie, Swarthmore Mountain Justice Alumnus, Maypop Collective
“I thought about the tendency towards unity without struggle. Because we’ve been torn apart for so long, that we crave this unity. But I remember being pulled into green spaces and everyone rallied around the notion that climate change is the one thing that is going to affect everyone. But just because it’s global, that doesn’t mean we’re all the same. It affects everyone disproportionately, and so we there will be deep struggle as we try to unite around climate issues.” – Maya, Fossil Free Yale
Social inequities are a key form of ecological erosion.
A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement (Alicia Garza)
Ecology & Racial Justice: On Ferguson, State Violence, & the Proper Management of Home (Movement Generation)
Practicing #Asians4BlackLives Solidarity: 5 Lessons from #shutdownOPD (Christine Cordero)
Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson (Deirdre Smith)