weekend links

weekend links

Ten Things

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After the horrific racist killing of George Floyd by police, and the racist attack on Belly Mujinga here in the UK, which ultimately may have led to her death, I have dedicated this week’s Ten Things to amplifying black voices and black issues, so that we can listen and learn to become anti-racist, and also to help anti-racism organisations and educators.

This week’s links:

1.I’m a black climate expert. Racism derails our efforts to save the planet.

Black Americans who are already committed to working on climate solutions still have to live in America, brutalized by institutions of the state, constantly pummeled with images, words and actions showing just us how many of our fellow citizens do not, in fact, believe that black lives matter. Climate work is hard and heartbreaking as it is. Many people don’t feel the urgency, or balk at the initial cost of transitioning our energy infrastructure, without considering the cost of inaction. Many fail to grasp how dependent humanity is on intact ecosystems. When you throw racism and bigotry in the mix, it becomes something near impossible.

2. People of color experience climate grief more deeply than white people

Just as we are seeing with the COVID-19 outbreak, environmental racism forces people of color, especially Black and Indigenous peoples, to bear the brunt of global disaster. We are not only disproportionately affected by the climate crisis—breathing in more pollution, living in communities with higher temperatures, suffering from more medical conditions, experiencing more natural disasters, and being displaced at much higher rates—but we carry the pain of the climate crisis deep inside us… Anyone can experience climate grief, regardless of their identity. But for us, our grief—and our anger—is rooted in centuries of painful history, and the current ecological violence hurled at our communities“.

3. Black environmentalists talk about climate and anti-racism. In a nutshell, it’s impossible to live sustainably without tackling inequality.

4. What We Want: Allies Who Do More than Instagram

Just as neutrality won’t put you in good stead with the cause of righteousness, neither will claims that you’re “not racist.” The notion is a myth; certainly 400-plus years of deeply ingrained social programming didn’t simply skip over you, regardless of your good intentions. Racism lives within all of us. Your active allyship work begins with letting this realization sink in, and then taking steps towards becoming anti-racist.”

5. “Put our colonial history on the curriculum – then we’ll understand who we really are“. Related: a petition to make Britain’s colonial past part of the curriculum.

6. How you can support black people today, tomorrow, and forever – an incredibly comprehensive list compiled from a UK perspective of organisations to donate to, petitions to sign, charities to support, and books to read.

7. Do the work: an anti-racist reading list

8. How to create a budget for anti-racist activism.

9. I’ve shared the Hot Take podcast before by Mary Annaïse Heglar and Amy Westervelt, but I’ll share this intersectional, race-forward, critical, but constructive look at climate coverage again as it’s so good. The podcast is funded by direct subscriptions from years – you can sign up here, and you’ll also receive bonus episodes and subscriber-only posts, as well as other perks.

10. Rachel Cargle has written on reminding modern white feminists of their relationship with black women throughout history, which I found to be an uncomfortable but essential read. If you too found this useful you can support Rachel and her work through Paypal.

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weekend links

Ten Things

Well, hello there! I have had a little break from Ten Things. I’ve been writing Moral Fibres for nearly 7 years now, and this post here is the 100th Ten Things I’ve written. I spend my Saturday evenings writing these posts ready for Sunday morning, and just really needed some time off to rest and revive and tend to other areas of my life, but it’s good to be back!

This week’s links:

1 The IPCC have this week warned that the world’s oceans are in trouble, with far-reaching consequences.

2. “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood” – powerful words from Greta Thunberg.

3. Despite the news coverage, Greta Thunberg isn’t the only climate activist you need to know. The movement is bigger and more diverse than you think, and they’re doing amazing work.

4. Premium teabags are leaking billions of particles of microplastics. Here’s an oldish guide to plastic-free teabags that I’m working on to update. Watch this space!

5. Hope! Climate activists are suing Europe’s biggest coal plant.

6. Figures released on air travel patterns in England bolster calls for a frequent flyer levy, a proposal under which each UK citizen would be allowed one tax-free flight per year but would pay progressively higher taxes on each additional flight taken, after it has been found that the 10% most frequent flyers in England took more than half of all international flights departing from England in 2018; whilst 48% of residents did not fly at all.  I am all for this levy – when we live in an age of Skype and Facetime somebusiness trips are becoming more and more obsolete.

7. Russia – the world’s fourth-largest polluter has finally ratified the Paris Agreement, but it’s not cause for celebration yet. Russia’s pledged targets are so low that they could increase their emissions and still meet the Paris Agreement targets.

8. More than 130 seal pups were born in the River Thames in one year – 60 years after being declared “biologically dead”.

9. I loved this.

10. Finally, the Woodland Trust is asking one million Britons to plant a tree on 30th November after the UK government missed its tree-planting targets. The Trust said it recognised planting trees was not a ‘solve all’ for climate change, but that it would help individuals to collectively make a real contribution to the problem. They also recognise that trees will also need to be cared for after planting to ensure they survive, so people are being encouraged to participate beyond the planting stage.

Back next Sunday for post 101!


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