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!
I wasn’t going to write anything for Earth Day today, especially since I already wrote about he point of it all and because I take issue with the holiday. I could do without the pseudo-awareness being peddled out there here but I felt moved to write this when I came across this video. A nice way celebrate Earth Day is by actually remembering the planet we live on as opposed to clutching your reusable shopping bag or going to an oxymoronic Earth Day sale. Before descending into something schmaltzy this video offers of a reminder of how high the stakes are and how much of a threat environmentalism is to business as usual.
There are many reasons to stop eating or eating less meat that we don’t need to get into right now because all of them are very unsexy. It’s Valentine’s Day and that may or may not mean anything to you but we believe that giving is green and love is a part of environmentalism so here’s a few ways you can create a green Valentine’s (or any) Day.
PBS Food gives a few courses for your meal. If you want to have meat they have a few more romantic recipes for Romance and for those on a Budget.
“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 →