Fall 2021 - Digital Issue

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Climate Justice A Movement for Life

Fall 2021: Volume 28, Issue 3

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  • Welcome

  • Climate Justice: A Global Movement for Life

    “Human evolution has been about getting more out of life, or increasing life—span, health, and joy. But, we have reached a point of unsustainability, when there is more life being taken out of the systems than is being put in…. In order to reverse this trend and continue to have life, we must mount the biggest, deepest social justice movement ever.”

    by Cyndi Suarez

  • Designing for Climate Justice: A Conversation with Dr. Dorceta E. Taylor

    “In this conversation, Nonprofit Quarterly’s president and editor in chief, Cyndi Suarez, and preeminent environmental justice scholar Dorceta E. Taylor discuss the distinction between the climate change and climate justice narratives, why the distinction is critical, and what’s needed in order to address the climate crisis in ways that are equitable, effective, and transformative.”

  • Health and Wealth: An Integrated Approach to Climate Justice

    “To effectively meet the present moment and lay the groundwork for a more just future for all requires that we embrace fully the connectivity of our challenges, in ways that encourage and energize community-based solutions.”

    by Deeohn Ferris

  • Power to the People: Why We Need Energy Justice

    “Energy—that essential resource driving all human activity, from producing the essentials of life to transportation, communications, creative arts, and beyond—is currently at the core of the most critical issues we face today: economic inequality, racial injustice, ever-declining health, ecosystem destruction, and, of course, the climate crisis.” But people are fighting back.

    by Al Weinrub

  • Relatives, Not Resources: Applying an Alaska Native Lens to Climate Sovereignty, Economic Justice, and Healing

    “Indigenous communities, particularly those of the Arctic, not only are on the front lines of the climate crisis but also are the engineers and economists of sustainability, and offer spiritual teachings of gratitude and deep relationship. Generating collective health and well-being requires spiritually and materially reconnecting our severed relationships to the land and each other.”

    by Ruth Miller, Meda DeWitt, and Margi Dashevsky

  • Regeneration—from the Beginning

    “Indigenous people have been growing food, creating complex systems of agriculture, gathering, and practicing land stewardship since long before the formation of any discipline, area of study, or social movement describing the relationships between environments and humans. Violent colonization and willful ignorance of these Indigenous land stewardship systems have led to the destructive replacement of the Indigenous relationships with our environment with parasitic, extractive systems.”

    by A-dae Romero-Briones

  • Toppling the Monument to Silence: Racism and the Founding Fathers of Environmental Organizations

    “The environmental field is no less steeped in white supremacy than any other field currently being held up for inspection—indeed, the very foundation of environmentalism is rooted in white supremacy, and the rampant racism and discrimination in the writing and actions of early environmental leaders are well documented. Yet, acknowledgment of the troubled racial history of environmental organizations is slow coming.”

    by Dorceta E. Taylor

  • Thoughts on Being in the Environment While Black

    “Since the emergence of environmental activism in the United States, white environmentalists have struggled to see how race is connected to the environment Recent events should erase all doubts that race—blackness in particular—is inextricably connected with racism, violence, and gross inequalities in the home, on the street, in the park, and elsewhere in the outdoors.”

    by Dorceta E. Taylor

  • “The Puerto Rican Love”: Life on the Island after Maria

    “In this conversation about Puerto Rico, climate crisis, leadership, and the all-too-often unrecognized and unsupported knowledge of communities of color, Nonprofit Quarterly’s president and editor in chief, Cyndi Suarez, talks with a highly respected and beloved environmental leader in Puerto Rico who, because of the communications policy of the foundation he works for, cannot speak on the record.”