Greta Thunberg: Climate crisis "not just about environment," but also "colonial, racist, patriarchal systems of oppression"

by John Wesley Reid · Dec 2nd, 2019 11:00 am
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Last Updated Dec 2nd, 2019 at 12:21 pm

16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is crediting racism and the patriarchy for what she has called a climate emergency. In an editorial published Friday titled "Why We Strike Again," Thunberg said:

"After all, the climate crisis is not just about the environment. It is a crisis of human rights, of justice, and of political will. Colonial, racist, and patriarchal systems of oppression have created and fueled it. We need to dismantle them all. Our political leaders can no longer shirk their responsibilities."

The editorial, which was co-authored by activists Luisa Neubauer and Angela Valenzuela, continues:

"We did this not because it was our dream, but because we didn't see anyone else taking action to secure our future. And despite the vocal support we have received from many adults — including some of the world's most powerful leaders — we still don't."

Read the full editorial here.

🔦 Thunberg burst into the public eye after giving an impassioned speech to world leaders at a United Nations summit last September.

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