Best of SoS: Ecological Justice

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This past spring, Sustainable World Coalition co-produced the 2nd annual Spring of Sustainability (SoS), the largest virtual sustainability gathering ever. SoS brought the “best and brightest” leaders in sustainability to the world through teleconference dialogues.

Each week, in our Best of SoS feature, we review one of our favorite episodes. Like what you see? Head over to our upgrade page for a special offer to own the entire Spring of Sustainability series. 

On April 18th, Spring of Sustainability featured a powerful panel on Ecological Justice. We now know that all sustainability issues have a strong social justice (human rights) component. Here are some of the many cogent and often unsettling points from the panel:

White privilege – and a corresponding unfairness and difficulties for people of color – are both part of the systemic racism that is built into our culture and institutions in the US.

We are out of right relationship with earth; we have made a hierarchy of species with humans at the top; all else is considered a “resource” for humans. And this continues within humanity itself; some people (whites) are put above others. We need to awaken from the dream that we are separate from one another.

Race is a social construct that doesn’t exist biologically. The concept of race was created to justify transatlantic slave trade.

Indigenous people are deeply connected to place. They think in terms of what’s good for many generations to come. The technology they hold for sustaining life and the planet is critical.

In the US, history is taught from the colonization perspective. This negates the existence and value of the native peoples.

If we don’t have people of color in the movement, we’ll continue to have inequities and we won’t be successful; we need to build relationships and diverse communities.

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