BIPOC are at the forefront of fighting to save our lives, land, and resources from the devastation of colonialism. Here is our Earth Day reading list.
Earth Day is often used as an opportunity to place the weight of the Earth’s rapidly changing climate on individuals. If we recycle and do beach clean-ups and water our plants, perhaps we’ll save the planet. The reality, however, is that climate change is not the fault of the individual; it is a result of capitalism, imperialism, and settler-colonialism. Our changing climate is a mere response to businesses privatizing our water supply; the United States government waging war on countries in the global south for oil and gas; environmental racism leading to food deserts, dying farms, and BIPOC neighborhoods ill-equipped to handle natural disasters.
At Wear Your Voice, we prioritize the voices and lives of BIPOC who have been experiencing the immediate harm of settler-colonialism since its genesis, but who have also been at the forefront of fighting to save our lives, land, and resources. Below, you can read varying essays on what climate change is, how capitalism and colonialism play a major role in it, and how BIPOC are organizing against it.