We at Santa Cruz Climate Action Network care deeply about the lives of victimized people and strongly support the Black Lives Matter movement.

Juneteenth to Allegiance event Fri June 19th.

The march was well organized peaceful, energizing and well-masked. Brett Garrett shot a movie from the 3rd floor of his building and it includes 7 minutes of well-spaced marchers passing by. I think well over 1000 people – does anyone know the count?

Source: Save Our Shores image; Photographer Sammy Garcia

We have always been aware that Climate Change will have the most impact on the poorest people, and most of them are black or brown people. Upcoming problems include sea level rise, excessive heat and crop failures. Climate Change is a racial justice movement. Only the rich and privileged will be equipped to avoid the worst effects unless we make radical changes in society.

Here is a statement from 350.org our affiliate group

We cannot create a sustainable and climate-conscious world without addressing the harm and violence that comes from systematic racism and inequality towards black and minority communities.  

 A truly sustainable and carbon free world is one that is inclusive of people of all classes, races, and ethnicities. We already know that minority populations and low-income communities bear the brunt of climate change and suffer the most directly from pollution. Ultimately, the question of climate and sustainability is also one of equality and justice.

Link to Black Perspective daily posts added 6/16/20

Local Showing Up facebook group is working on Black Lives matter.

We already set up a page about Climate Change in Africa – check it out

On 6/3, the Washington Post ran an op-ed by a black marine biologist concerned about climate change. “I’m a black climate expert. Racism derails our efforts to save the planet.”