We can hope for the future — and I do — but, meanwhile, we still live in exceptionally precarious times, Black people and POC more than most.
In These Times’ Camille Williams posted an article yesterday (November 25, 2020), “The Climate Movement’s Reckoning With Black Lives Matter” which says, to begin with:
Environmental justice has never been separate from racial justice, according to Elizabeth Yeampierre, co-chair of the national Climate Justice Alliance and executive director of the intergenerational, woman-of-color-led climate organization, UPROSE. Had she not been sick with Covid-19, she would have been in the streets with the thousands protesting the killing of George Floyd.
“We’ve been fighting for the right to breathe [clean air],” Yeampierre says. “So the fact that cops are literally [taking our breath away] is not surprising.”CAMILLE WILLIAMS
Leah Thomas posted an article on Elle’s site in September that, unfortunately is no less true today: “‘I Can’t Breathe’ And The Inextricable Link Between Climate And Racial Justice”.
As a Black environmentalist, I find it impossible to separate my Blackness from my advocacy for our home planet. I’ve seen how social and environmental justice intersect with my own Black identity, how race plays a significant role in how BIPOC are able to safely experience the world around them. I’ve seen how these barriers—police brutality, environmental injustices, and health injustices—prevent Black people from not just living, but thriving.
Right now, we are living through the COVID-19 pandemic, a virus that has the ability to attack the respiratory system and cause breathing difficulties. And though we are all faced with the potential exposure to COVID, the reality is people of color have been disproportionately impacted in comparison to white Americans. Black Americans are dying from COVID-19 at more than twice the rate of white Americans, and it’s Black Americans who face bias in the healthcare system.LEAH THOMAS
These problems CAN be redressed if we all make sure they’re ADDRESSED, and that won’t happen unless we know they exist and agree that they shouldn’t.
A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about something made of three parts.