Today we tend to take the connection between racial justice and climate justice for granted. The evidence is plentiful and the concept has gone mainstream.
But it wasn’t always the case.
Cecil Corbin-Mark, who passed away last Fall, was a community activist who was pivotal in the struggle to bring environmental justice issues to the mainstream.
“Corbin-Mark was a towering, didactic man from Harlem who always offered criticism with love. He was equally adept at organizing his neighbors as he was lobbying policymakers. Never afraid to denounce the injustice deeply entrenched in Black and brown communities, much of his life was spent tirelessly battling the colonial mindset so many live under. Growing up in a family actively engaged in the civil rights movement, it’s no surprise that Corbin-Mark became one of the earliest champions of environmental justice, which was a novel, even radical, idea at the time.”
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