M4BL is launching the Red, Black & Green New Deal Initiative—a multi-year Black climate campaign to set a national Black Climate Agenda for a sustainable future in defense of Black lives, and we want you to join us.
Climate change multiplies the social, economic and environmental threats to our very livelihood and that of our future ancestors, here in the U.S. and around the globe. Extreme weather events are more frequent and volatile—2020 was the hottest year and had the most hurricanes on record. And our communities across the South are still recovering from February’s unusual and brutal winter storm compounded by the total failure of infrastructure and emergency response.
Climate disaster is the leading threat of our time. This crisis affects every aspect of our lives: the water on which our lives depend, the land we live on,, the energy we use. We know that Black, Indigenous, people of color and working class poor communities are hit the hardest, though we contribute the least to what accelerates climate disasters. So in times of crisis, we need our communities aware and strong enough to be our own first responders.
Centering Black people and experiences in climate conversations, policies and solutions, means honoring the wisdoms, insights, and stories of those most impacted by climate change and ensures they are a part of leading, identifying solutions, setting priorities, creating policy agendas, and shifting narratives.
That’s why M4BL has developed the Red, Black & Green New Deal Initiative. It’s time for a national conversation on climate change that centers Black lives. We are gathering community on May 11 and soon will be rolling out tools for Black people to take action, educate ourselves, and get empowered. We need to lead the conversation on solutions to the climate crisis that most impact our families and communities.
Black communities believe in the human right to clean water, community controlled sustainable energy and safe and climate ready communities. We can’t afford inaction. We hope you will join us.
With Black Radical Love,
Valencia, and the M4BL Red, Black & Green New Deal Team
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