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Zero Net Fifty

Sep 2020

ZNF Shorts: Racism in the environmental movement: Where do we go from here?

September 7, 2020

In this short-format edition of Zero Net Fifty we discuss how the deaths of men and women of color at the hands of White police officers has triggered a racial justice reckoning the likes of which we haven't seen since the 1960s. Racial justice has, in many ways, become a metonym for all the socio-economic and political inequities that have been ailing America for decades.  

Racial and economic injustice and inequality are found in many forms throughout the clean energy and environmental sectors—in its institutions, the siting of polluting industries, and access to technology.  

Racism has long plagued the environmental movement. John Muir, the founder of the Sierra Club was an overtly avowed racist. For its initially higher costs and the race of its early adopters, solar has long been considered a technology for wealthy White folks. However, times are changing.  

Listen to this 20-minute episode as we discuss what some of these changes are.