Accessibility and Wellbeing
The climate crisis will disproportionately affect those with disabilities, neurodiversity, mental health struggles and lower incomes, because it will reduce their ability to access appropriate resources to adapt and live well. Society is already designed for white, cis-gendered, able-bodied and neurotypical people, so the impacts of climate change will only increase these inequalities.
Yet, the issue is more complicated than this, with the design of society oriented around the image of a perfect consumer citizen with high productivity. This has led to overconsumption, pollution and over extraction of the earth’s resources. Looking to the experiences and voices of those who cannot fulfill this description, we can find different ways of living which challenge this narrative of which our economic system functions on.
This means that we must make our climate activism more accessible, moving away from guilt and shaming of individuals who cannot be perfect consumers of sustainable products or attend protests. Instead, we must focus on supporting everyone with their own powerful and diverse experiences of how we can better connect to each other and the environment.