Time to Rise 17
We only have one home, and that home is Planet Earth. In times of climate chaos, it’s more important than ever that artists create work that acknowledges the climate crisis, a crisis that disproportionately impacts people of color around the world. Colonization and white supremacy caused the climate crisis. Stolen land and stolen labor were the basis of an economic system that lives on today. Over 500 years ago, Europeans invaded Turtle Island and committed mass genocide, destroying the ecosystems and pillaging the land, wiping out 90% of Indigenous people. They stole over 12.5 million African people and built the horrific Transatlantic Slave Trade in order to feed their insatiable greed.
We must understand that the roots of climate chaos happened when Europeans invaded and commodified human beings, animals, forests, oceans and the Earth itself. The remnants of this system live on today. Therefore, we cannot achieve climate justice nor climate solutions without Indigenous sovereignty, reparations, Land Back, and racial justice.
I'm deeply committed to show up to this work of protecting LIFE on Planet Earth as a descendant of impacted people and as someone who grew up in a polluted community and continues to witness the harm that extractive industries perpetuate on communities of color.