The killing of George Floyd by police in the United States has shone a spotlight on structural racism in our society and although we all believed ourselves to be anti-racist, it has made us realise that there is so much more we need to learn and understand and action we need to take every day to challenge deep rooted racism in our society. We need to dismantle white privilege and systemic racism in all areas of society, but at Eco Savvy we also recognise that environmental racism is directly linked to climate change. We will focus on this direct link and on what action we can take to help achieve environmental justice for all people.
Over the coming months, we will continue our journey of learning along with our members and our supporters through:
(1) Savvy Film Clubs raising awareness on climate injustice and racism issue:
Every Tuesday we hold Savvy Film Club, a chance for us to delve deep into a range of environmental issues, discuss and motivate individual and collective action and solutions. With over 20 film screenings joined by over 900 participants since March, this is a great opportunity to widen the scope of issues we are learning, discussing, and actioning solutions for. Any suggestions of films are welcome (please email firstname.lastname@example.org).
(2) Sharing resources for us to learn on this web page as well as across our social media platforms:
- Follow this resource, where founders are building a community that will dismantle systems of oppression in the environmental movement, led by environmental activists and sustainability advocates.
- Read up on links between racism and the environment: here
- Listen to a 12 minute podcast that explains the “Inseparable link between climate change and racial justice”: here.
- Learn more about a project that highlights some of the best Black, Brown, Asian, People of Colour and UK based Indigenous Peoples who are climate experts, campaigners and advocates living and working in the UK: here.
- Listen to Prof Sir Geoff Palmer’s talk on Black Lives and Climate Justice at a Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN) event here. Read Project & Climate Literacy Coordinator Ruth’s write up on the online workshop here.