Climate Justice works at the intersections of environmental degradation and the racial, social, and economic inequities it perpetuates.
Ultimately, the goal of climate justice is to dismantle the paradigm of dominance — the very way of thinking that has led to the violence perpetrated on people with black and brown bodies, displacement of indigenous peoples, the denial of health care for women, the disempowerment of immigrant communities, as well as the use of Earth as supply source and sewer.
We find ourselves in a moment of great urgency. Communities of color, indigenous communities and communities in the southern hemisphere are already bearing tremendous costs with limited access to basic needs like food, water, clean air and land. We need action on multiple fronts and partnership is critical to our effectiveness. This work is too important for us to think we can do it alone.If elected President of the UUA, there are three things I would work to do for Climate justice:
- First, I would support Unitarian Universalists in our intersectional approaches to climate change, racial justice, mass detention/incarceration, and economic inequality. These issues are not separate. Intersectional approaches will be crucial in achieving lasting change.
- Second, we must amplify the efforts of frontline communities in their campaigns to resist the continued pollution and degradation of their homelands and natural resources. By supporting congregations and UU organizers, we can enter long term relationships with those most immediately effected by climate and environmental injustice.
- Third, I am committed to building power through strong organizing strategies to compel change at the highest levels of the economy and government. Collaboration is critical as we work together to push back against corporate efforts to keep regulation and environmental justice off the table. Our internal collaborative efforts (as demonstrated by the nine UU organizations partnering on Commit2Respond) and our outside partners are key to our future success.
This is an urgent time. The devastations of climate change are real and the context just got a lot more difficult. The larger environmental analysis is done, but corporate, capital and monied interests are working against our need for climate and environmental justice. Now more than ever, we are being called to show up powerfully, boldly, lovingly and effectively for justice. If elected UUA President, I will be focused on articulating the clear and compelling calling of our faith for this time and developing the resources, financial and otherwise, to meet this moment.