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Protecting the planet includes protecting the most vulnerable – Queen’s Journal

The Queen’s community discusses the connections between climate activism, capitalism, and anti-racism
September 25, 2020

This piece uses “Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC)” to refer to the experiences of racialized students. We acknowledge this term is not universal.

Shoshannah Bennett-Dwara, undergraduate student trustee, knows the fight for climate justice goes hand in hand with fighting racism.

“Environmental justice means not only are we advocating for the betterment of the planet, but we have to make sure that we’re advocating for Black lives and POC,” she said in an interview with The Journal.

We’re in a climate crisis, and it’s going to impact BIPOC(link is external) in vulnerable communities more harshly than it will privileged white Canadians. Whether it be here in Canada, where Indigenous ways of living are being threatened,(link is external) or abroad, where a migrant crisis(link is external) is brewing, it’s time for climate action to include environmental justice.

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