From international summits on the climate emergency to rural-based direct action to end deforestation, environmental justice is capturing growing attention worldwide. Minds of the Movement is diving further into a wide range of questions that readers are asking about this timely and relevant issue:
How are ordinary people nonviolently nonviolently turning the heat up on decisionmakers to adhere to agreements about the climate emergency?
Confronted with inaction among leaders, how are people leading the way toward environmental justice themselves?
What are the most preoccupying environmental injustices that nonviolent movements are tackling today?
What impacts are movements having on environmental problems?
Check out our new series below for more on these challenging questions.
By: Sara Vazquez Melendez, July 26, 2019
For the past 40 years, the community of Tallaboa Encarnación, in the municipality of Peñuelas, Puerto Rico, has been the site of sustained civil resistance campaigns against environmental polluters in the area. Yet the struggle has intensified in the past few months. [...]
Uganda’s forests are disappearing at disturbing rates. After tireless but unproductive advocacy efforts, a small group of young farmers in the remote district of Amuru may have found a hack to curb deforestation with direct action. This year they’ve already impounded 27 truckloads of charcoal. [...]
As the climate crisis becomes more prominent and imminent, we often look for top down change when problems so profound and systemic must also be addressed from the bottom up. Everyday citizens can slash emissions and move the planet toward environmental sustainability—especially if they leverage their power at the community and city levels. Around the world, this is already a growing reality [...]
A few weeks back, I sat in a movie theater watching Al Gore’s new movie about his efforts to avert climate chaos through citizen education, lobbying, and high level negotiations. The film is funny, heartbreaking, insightful, scary, and, even hopeful at times. Yet, I’m not sure that Gore fully understands what is involved [...]