The environmental justice movement was born out of the urgent need to create links between racism, discrimination, justice, justice and the environment. Released in 1962, Silent spring, Rachel Carson’s brilliantly crafted synopsis on the dangers of pesticides helped usher in the modern environmental movement. However, the book focused on wildlife and human health without considering how pesticides disproportionately harmed farm workers – especially paint workers with seasonal immigration. When the United Farm Workers campaigned against the indiscriminate use of organophosphate for health and safety reasons, the Audubon Society, Sierra Club, and the Environmental Defense Fund declined to support because organophosphates were less harmful to wildlife than DDT.
In 1972, Sierra Club members were asked to vote on the question, “Should the club address the conservation issues of special groups such as the urban poor and ethnic minorities?” Most of the members voted no. But there was a generation difference – the younger the members, the more likely they were to agree they should.
The inclusion of color staff and board members – and treating them as authorities – could have prevented the environmental movement from alienating some of the most competent organizers in US history. Instead, environmental organizations shy away from cooperation and continue to stereotype people of color with regard to their commitment to environmental issues. Within these organizations there are no (or very few) people who know what it is like to be scared for their lives when interacting with the police or jogging down the street. Most people in these organizations do not know what it is like to see the expression of fear on the faces of white hikers when those hikers meet them on the trail, or to routinely have their intelligence and accomplishments questioned by whites.
Instead, large environmental groups developed strategies such as cap-and-trade without consulting with environmental justice organizations. Cap-and-trade limited total emissions, but allowed major polluters like oil refineries to acquire the right to emit more. These major polluters were more likely to be in paint communities, and later assessments showed that these communities became more polluted after the cap-and-trade policy came into effect. […]
Three more articles worth reading
The Long History of the FBI’s Surveillance of Martin Luther King, by Robert Greene II. A new documentary describes the Office’s response to King and how harassing left radical and color activists in the 20th century was an integral part of his mission.
Why is America getting a new $ 100 billion nuclear weapon? by Elizabeth Eaves. America is building a new weapon of mass destruction, a nuclear missile the length of a bowling alley. It will be able to travel some 6,000 miles with a warhead more than 20 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. It will be able to kill hundreds of thousands of people in a single shot. The US Air Force plans to order more than 600 of them.
This year is going to be huge for electric cars – here’s why, by Andrew J. Hawkins. Seven new electric vehicles are coming in 2021 and what they tell us about this massive change in the auto industry.
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That day at Daily Kos in 2006– Cheney drank before shooting his buddy:
In an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Brit Hume earlier this afternoon, Vice President Dick Cheney took full responsibility for the shooting of his hunting companion, previously portrayed as the culprit. The interview won’t air in full until 6 p.m., but according to Hume, the vice president went “completely without apology” in recapitulating the contents for the long delay in reporting the shooting to the public – and also said he had a beer at lunch on this day.
Cheney has to consume a virtual cocktail of drugs every day because of his heart disease. I wonder what reaction it might have if alcohol is thrown into the mix.
Any doctors in the house?
To update: Here is […] Hume talks about his interview with Cheney. You see, according to Cheney, they drank beer, but nobody drank beer:
HUME: He said he had a beer for lunch and that was hours before. And it was dusk around 5:00 p.m. when this incident happened. And he said that they had lunch outside in the field, grilled and he had a beer. But you said you don’t hunt with people who have been drinking. He said nobody drinks. He said they went back to the ranch afterwards, then took a break and went out around 3:00 am. So you are four or five hours away from the last alcohol he consumed. And he said nobody drinks, neither he nor anyone else