What is ‘intersectional environmentalism’?

According to activist, Leah Thomas, intersectional environmentalism is “an inclusive version of environmentalism that advocates for both the protection of people and the planet. It identifies the ways in which injustices happening to marginalized communities and the earth are interconnected. It brings injustices done to the most vulnerable communities, and the earth, to the forefront and does not minimize or silence social inequality. Intersectional environmentalism advocates for justice for people + the planet.”

Leah was recently interviewed on Yale Climate Connections radio program.

“In 2014, Leah Thomas was in college studying environmental science and policy when a crisis unfolded in Ferguson, Missouri, near her hometown of Florissant.* Police shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, sparking widespread protests.

“I’m trying to learn about the Clean Air Act while my sister is getting tear-gassed back home in a protest,” Thomas says.

She says the events made her question who the Clean Air Act really protects.”

Listen to the rest of here interview below:

You can also connect with Leah on her website and on Instagram where she is defining a movement for her generation.
GreenGirlLeah.com
@greengirlleah
@intersectionalenvironmentalist

SOURCE:
https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/09/what-is-intersectional-environmentalism-leah-thomas/


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