Tagged: Black environmentalism

A Quote From Marcus Garvey, Stereotypes, And Environmentalists #BlackHistoryMonth

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This quote comes to us from Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., founder of the “Back to Africa” movement, Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), and the African Communities League (ACL), “two organizations that promoted educational and industrial opportunities for black people.” -[1]

As an orator with many great ideas you can imagine Garvey had so many great quotes to choose from. I liked this quote because it made me think of the environmentalist movement and my own experience as a black person engaged in environmentalism. Continue reading

Actor, Activist Danny Glover On Environmental Racism

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Actor, activist Danny Glover has been outspoken on issues before but this quote addresses and area of environmentalism and racism that many don’t know even exists. When you think about it, why wouldn’t it? It’s easy for black people to think we have no stake in environmentalism but the issues of polluted air and high asthma rates in black neighborhoods are something those people have no real response to. It’s clear, black people have a stake in environmentalism and environmental justice. That should never be dismissed because we think it’s something we “just don’t do”!

THis is your Black History Month Quote for today. Check out the archives of BHM Quotes for more!

Are You Ready To Make A Difference In The World?

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Maybe I can’t tell you when you’re ready to make a difference in this world, and hell, maybe you’ll never truly be “ready”, but as the quote from activist Dr. John Francis above says, this is how you’ll know when “you’re looking at an opportunity” to make a difference.

And he should know. When Dr. Francis was a young African-American man he witnessed Continue reading

QUOTE: Wangari Maathai On Making A Difference In The World

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Words of wisdom from the late Nobel Peace Prize winning Professor Wangari Maathai.

“I kept stumbling and falling and stumbling and falling as I searched for the good. ‘Why?’ I asked myself. Now I believe that I was on the right path all along, particularly with the Green Belt Movement, but then others told me that I shouldn’t have a career, that I shouldn’t raise my voice, that women are supposed to have a master. That I needed to be someone else.

Finally I was able to see that if I had a contribution I wanted to make, I must do it, despite what others said. That I was OK the way I was. That it was all right to be strong.” ––Wangari Maathai

This quote spoke to me. Does it speak to you? Do you face opposition when you want to make positive changes?

Watch the inspiring “I Will Be A Hummingbird” As Told By Wangari Maathai

QUOTE: Martin Luther King Jr On Environmentalism

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“We must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

So far in my studies this is as close as I can get to a quote about the environment from the canon of Civil Rights Movement era heroes and sheroes. The best I’ve found as a reason for this and many other important issues not typically addressed by the those involved in the movement back then “That’s just not how we were thinking.” So at a time when some issues I face as a young Black person in America today were not addressed then, Dr. King had the foresight and understanding to connect these dots just before his death. Dots that many still haven’t connected yet. Continue reading

Was Sci-Fi Author Octavia Butler An Environmental Prophet?

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This is a guest post from Amanu Kaiju on the environmental messages in the work of African American science fiction writer Octavia Butler.

Octavia Butler was a prophet. Look around, the evidence is evident and growing everyday. Only the extremely foolish, extremely uniformed, or the extremely corrupt can doubt climate change and the rise of fascist politics. In her books Continue reading

VIDEO: Environmentalist John Francis Walks The Earth For 22 Years, Doesn’t Speak For 17 Years

In this TED talk environmentalist and founder of planetwalker.org John Francis speaks about his journey through environmentalism. Consider yourself lucky that you get to hear him speak. John Francis walked around the America’s, refusing to ride and any motorized vehicles that used oil for 22 years, and didn’t speak for 17 of those years!

His story is a big inspiration and source of peace for me. Of course my father thinks he’s crazy as did his father, but you should let him tell it and explain it in his own words.

Who says Black environmentalists don’t exist?! I’ve read his book Planetwalker: 22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence.
and I highly recommend it. It gives a human and personal dimension to environmentalism while showing one person can make a difference.

A Conversation With “Black Into Green” Blogger Gloria

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Blogger Gloria founded “Black Into Green”, a blog devoted to environmentalism from an African American perspective. On top of having perhaps the longest standing blog about being Black and Green, she is a mother, a nature lover, and a cancer survivor. Continue reading

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