Last week I posted my speech at Applewild School. Part of that speech was how I evolved from a climate activist to a human rights activist. Michael Brune, Executive Director of The Sierra Club, has come out strongly for human rights, motivated by the events of Furguson, NYC, Cleveland, and more.
Those who seek to mitigate the effects of climate change are not part of some great conspiracy to change the world to a socialist (or other) state. However, as we understand the equivalencies of all incidents of social injustice, we see that to change the pillars which support inaction on climate requires us to change the pillars that support inaction on racism and other grave social issues. Action on climate cannot exist in a vacuum, as inaction on climate has not been created in a vacuum.
“Why was the Sierra Club speaking out on this issue? What did police shootings, or questions of abuse and racism, however tragic, have to do with protecting the environment?
Right away, I wanted to answer that question.”
Michael answers it well.