Climate Anxiety Is an Overwhelmingly White Phenomenon

Exhaustion, anger, hope—the effects of oppression and resistance are not unique to this climate moment. What is unique is that people who had been insulated from oppression are now waking up to the prospect of their own unlivable future.

I may have hi-lighted a majority of this article. This is a humbling perspective but one that must be maintained as we need to continue discussing this in person. And this thinking lines up with the great book The Future We Choose, in summary; any progress is good progress. Here’s some quotes from that book, I forgot how well it reframes this crisis for me:

We are all in the same boat. A hole at one end of the boat does not mean that only the occupants sitting there will drown. We all win or lose together.

We can no longer afford the indulgence of feeling powerless.

Anger that sinks into despair is powerless to make a change. Anger that evolves into conviction is unstoppable.

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April 17, 2021