Giving Compass' Take:
- Leon Kaye explains the importance of Black Climate Week amidst an environmental movement often exclusionary of people of color.
- What structural factors lead to activism around climate change being whitewashed when the effects of climate change disproportionately impact communities of color?
- Read about American environmentalism’s racist roots.
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No, those photos you saw from past Climate Week NYC events and similar gatherings over the years weren’t washed out: They were just overall very white.
Despite the data confirming that communities of color are disproportionately affected by climate change and environmental degradation, the wider environmental movement has long been criticized for often excluding people of color from discussions over public policy.
Organizations such as the Sierra Club have faced their own reckoning over both their racist pasts and their lack of inclusion in the present. In recent years, many of these groups have pledged to do better, but there is still a perception that their focus on "saving the planet" comes at the expense of what communities of color experience day-to-day on the ground.
Therein lies the impetus behind the second annual Black Climate Week, concluding this Friday. The nonprofit Solutions Project launched this event last year to call out what it says has been the lack of leaders of color during Climate Week NYC. For 2022, Black Climate Week is showcasing 14 different organizations that have led the fight for true climate justice.
Read the full article about Black Climate Week by Leon Kaye at TriplePundit.