In the past week, our nation has risen to speak up against the horrific and all-too-common police brutality the Black community continues to face. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. George Floyd. And countless more people who’ve been unrightfully murdered from police brutality. We cannot let this cycle continue. Racism, white supremacy, and structural oppression have created the systemic injustices to the Black community, the Indigenous community, and PoC communities.
Our values are rooted in uplifting and bringing social justice to people impacted by climate change. Climate justice is intimately intertwined with social justice issues, so they can’t ever be separate. As Audre Lorde said, “there is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.”
We support the Black Lives Matter movement. We stand in solidarity with the protests bringing attention to police brutality, white supremacy, structural racism, and oppression that BIPoC communities face. We understand that, in order to make a difference, we must voice our grief about violence towards and oppression of the BIPoC community. The time is now. We stand in solidarity with and amplify the voices of the Black community.
Climate change is just one battle in the war for social justice. There is a bigger picture of injustices faced and it will not be solved until we fight for racial justice, equality and climate justice, livable and affordable housing conditions. Because when you fight for climate justice, you fight for a community’s health and livelihood. You fight for clean air, drinkable water, food security, and the relationship between nature and people. You fight for people to live.
We encourage action. Educate yourself by reading, listening, and watching films that discuss these issues. If you are able to, donate to the following organizations that take action on racial violence and oppression.
Black voices matter.
Black lives matter.
Let Us Breathe Fund was created in the wake of the murder of Eric Garner. They provide funds to Black and mulitracial organizations fighting structural violence and racism in New York City.
Black Youth Project 100 is a national organization of Black 18-35 year-olds working towards racial justice through direct-action organizing, advocacy, and political education.
Equal Justice Initiative works to provide legal representation to those wrongly convicted or unfairly sentenced.
NAACP builds political power and supports communities of color.
National Urban Fund is an advocacy group working to bring economic empowerment, academic opportunities, and civil rights to the underserved in America.
Spring Quarter 2019, Week 5
Project Drawdown ranks transitioning to a plant-based diet the #4 most effective solution to climate change. This week, we will discuss plant-based diets as a form of climate action at our plant-based picnic. Below, find a few resources to get informed about diet and climate change. (Read them, skim them, or skip them altogether--we want to see you at the picnic no matter what!)
Calculate your personal ecological footprint.
Read about plant-based diets and climate change
Can't wait to see you at the picnic!