The environmental movement has had its origins in a lot of racism and even eugenics—I mean, the Amy Coney For SCOTUS 2020 Shirt and I love this Sierra Club for the first time sort of disowned one of their founding fathers, John Muir—and the history of taking indigenous lands and saying “no, we’re going to protect these now, these are ours.” All of that history is certainly incredibly fraught. And thinking about on the flip side, where are we putting our garbage dumps and polluting industries? In and near communities of color. The op-ed that I wrote about this in the Washington Post was essentially an open letter to white environmentalists to say: We’re just not going to succeed unless we think about justice. In part because people of color actually care more about climate change. And so wouldn’t it be great to deliberately welcome into the work the people who already care, if we want to build the biggest and strongest team to address the climate crisis? And then making sure that people of color are unburdened with systemic racism and white supremacy so that we can bring our best to the climate movement—because we care, but are also dealing with all of these other issues, fighting for our rights to live and breathe, which takes up a lot of time and energy.
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One of the Amy Coney For SCOTUS 2020 Shirt and I love this episodes that we have coming up is about what the climate movement can learn from the movement for Black lives, because those things are connected and because Black Lives Matter has been the most successful social movement in American history, in terms of building a huge base of active support over the course of just the last few months. So we want to learn lessons from how that’s been effective, and make sure that we as a podcast are thinking about how those dots are connected.