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[Middle Column] ‘The connection between climate anxiety & white fragility’ – ‘Many of the students experiencing climate anxiety most viscerally are white’

AJ Dellinger of "Many people, particularly white people, [climate change] has felt like a threat that exists somewhere in the future but not quite right now...But while they might be dreading the future, people of color are living with the consequences right now. Marginalized communities and Indigenous people are on the frontlines of the climate crisis thanks to systemic racism. They have had their land stolen and exploited, deal with more pollution, are displaced by extreme weather at a higher rate, and receive far less support to build back their communities after disasters."

Sarah Joy, a professor of environmental studies at Humboldt State University: "If we believe the models and the [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] and 99% of scientists, the prospects of what the planet is going to be like in the next 10, 20, 30 years is not looking good." ... white students in the class were grieving about the environment. She dismissed it as white fragility."

"The climate movement, which has been predominantly white, has not been thinking about existential tools because of their privilege...Social justice movements like Indigenous rights or Black Lives Matter are shaping the climate movement now."

Published:5/2/2021 8:58:10 AM
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