Fwd: Black Lives Matter, From Ferguson to the Climate Talks in Lima
From: Scott Jackson (sjackzen46gmail.com)
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:10:28 -0800 (PST)
This email links to a recent *Nation* article by Naomi Klein on the
connection between Black Lives Matter and climate justice movements.

Scott Jackson
sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com

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Date: Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:01 AM
Subject: Black Lives Matter, From Ferguson to the Climate Talks in Lima
To: Scott <sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com>

         Naomi Klein on what the #BlackLivesMatter movement means for
climate justice.    View this email in your browser
WRI at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Negotiations #COP20, Lima, Peru (December 1-14, 2014) | Photos by Rhys
Gerholdt, WRI. Creative Commons.]
Photo by Rhys Gerholdt, WRI. Creative Commons.
       Black Lives Matter, From Ferguson to the Climate Talks in Lima
Dear friends,

Naomi has recently published a powerful piece
on the connections between Black Lives Matter and climate justice movements
in *The Nation*, which we thought you may find of interest:

*"The annual United Nations climate summit is wrapping up in in Lima, Peru,
and on its penultimate day, something historic happened. No, not the empty
promises from powerful governments to finally get serious about climate
action—starting in 2020 or 2030 or any time other than right now. The
historic event was the decision of the climate-justice movement to
symbolically join the increasingly global #BlackLivesMatter uprising,
staging a “die-in” outside the convention center much like the ones that
have brought shopping malls and busy intersections to a standstill, from
the US to the UK.*

*“For us it is either death or climate justice,” said Gerry Arances,
national coordinator for the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice.*

*What does #BlackLivesMatter, and the unshakable moral principle that it
represents, have to do with climate change? Everything. Because we can be
quite sure that if wealthy white Americans had been the ones left without
food and water for days in a giant sports stadium after Hurricane Katrina,
even George W. Bush would have gotten serious about climate change.
Similarly, if Australia were at risk of disappearing, and not large parts
of Bangladesh, Prime Minister Tony Abbott would be a lot less likely to
publicly celebrate the burning of coal as “good for humanity,” as he did on
the occasion of the opening of a vast new coal mine. And if my own city of
Toronto were being battered, year after year, by historic typhoons
demanding mass evacuations, and not Tacloban in the Philippines, we can
also be sure that Canada would not have made building tar sands pipelines
the centerpiece of its foreign policy.*"

You can read the full piece here
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