Identity and Histories
The climate crisis exists as a product of hundreds of years of colonial exploitation of the environment and of people, particularly women, those from non-western countries, those who identify as Indigenous and LGBTQ+. This means that we must recognise not only our responsibility in disproportionately producing more greenhouse gas emissions, but the interconnections of this to colonial violence.
Although colonialism has formally ended, its presence continues in racism towards black, Indigenous and many ethnic groups in the ‘Global South’ and in homophobia and heteronormative laws across the world.
Therefore our climate activism must be actively moving towards decolonisation by being anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homophobic and platforming marginalised voices, such as Indigenous perspectives.