Climate change, the environmental movement and racism

Oil-soaked vegetation in Louisiana
Douglas Inkley, left, from the National Wildlife Federation, stands near oil-soaked vegetation on an island impacted by oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Barataria Bay just inside the coast of Louisiana in May 2010
AP Photo 2010

The national uprising ignited by the killing of George Floyd has cast a spotlight on the country’s embedded, institutional racism, including the fraught relationship between environmentalism and communities of color.

Air pollution, severe weather and the economic upheaval brought on by climate change has a serious impact on people of color and their communities, yet their voices are often left out of policy responses and market solutions.

Can there be a green movement that is inclusive and actively anti-racist?

Host Greg Dalton is joined by:

  • Mustafa Santiago Ali, vice president of Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization, National Wildlife Federation.

  • Glynda Carr, CEO and co-founder, Higher Heights for America.

  • Robert Bullard, distinguished professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy, Texas Southern University.

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