The emotion, passion, frustration, and desperate need for change are captured in this photograph by Amy. It is clear that we can no longer deny or be passive in our society when our environment and the people inhabiting it are at great risk. For those of us who have economic stability and privilege, it is time to listen to those who are currently experiencing the burden of climate change and environmental issues. Let us diversify our media consumption, learn to listen and platform different voices, and educate ourselves on climate intersectionality.
About the artist
Hello! I’m Amy, I am an Illustration student studying at Leeds Arts University with a passion for fighting on-going injustices in the modern world, currently through visual communication and awareness.
See Amy’s other artwork, ‘Girl By Moon’ in our exhibition.
How does this piece express intersectionality?
Amy’s powerful work shows us that “this image speaks for itself by representing injustices prevalent in society today and how that exists in our collective and ongoing fight for a better world”. The recent wave of protests for Black Lives Matter, in particular have highlighted the racial inequalities deeply entrenched in all aspects of our societies. Climate change is only going to exacerbate these inequalities further, as seen with the impacts of Hurricane Katrina, one example of among many. Therefore, it is essential that we move towards climate justice, understanding that while we all may be in the same storm, we’re not in the same boat.
How can you act?
Educate yourself about what intersectionality actually means for you, for the issues you care about, and for the people around you
Learn about race and gender inequalities and share what you learn with your community
Acknowledge your own privilege, endeavour to make your climate activism intersectional
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