Climate change and the resulting effects of increasing average temperatures is one of the most pressing issues that society faces today.
Rising sea temperatures, increased frequency and intensity of natural disasters, impacted agriculture, water shortages, extinction of species, and biodiversity loss continues to impact our global community every day.
As the fossil fuel industry continues to cause severe damage to the planet, there is no option but to take action now. We must coordinate efforts to both mitigate and adapt to the drastic influences that a warming climate has on the Earth and all its inhabitants.
Black Lives Matter
Started in 2013 as a response to Trayvon Martin’s murderer’s acquittal, the movement regained momentum this year following the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. Now, it’s the largest movement in U.S. history, with data science firms estimating up to 26 million attendees to the protests.
People from all over the country and the world are joining to show support by protesting against police brutality, injustice, systemic racism, and anti-blackness. Chances are, you’ve probably seen the black squares populating your Instagram feed, or you’ve come across the hashtag. But the phrase "Black Lives Matter" is more than a social media trend–it is a battle cry.
The battle doesn’t end here: we need to keep saying “Black Lives Matter” until significant, sustained, widespread social and political change is reached.
Police brutality is nothing new to the LGBTQIA+ community, and Pride could never have been possible without two amazing trans women of color — Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. The intersection between these two causes is inevitable. After all, both communities know what it’s like to fight humiliation and fear as the price of living fully, freely, and authentically.
Every year, the LGBTQIA+ community comes together for a joyful summer celebration of love, diversity, acceptance, and self-pride. This year, however, Pride Month went back to its radical protest roots and moved further away from the capitalistic holiday that brands co-opt in an effort to gain a new target audience with their rainbow clad merchandise.
America’s immigration system has been a central theme of Donald Trump’s presidency. The nation’s immigration issues range from the fate of 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children, to the separation and mistreatment of more than 2,800 migrant families who crossed the southern border.
The United States is dealing with a humanitarian crisis: at least 24 immigrants (including six children) have died in ICE custody during the Trump administration. This total doesn’t include those who have died in the custody of other federal agencies.
Globally, political upheaval has caused millions to seek asylum and climate-caused migration rates will continue to rise as many islands, continents, and countries become increasingly inhabitable.
Intergenerational wealth transfer is one of the highest barometers of an individual's socioeconomic class—determining success and opportunity over a lifetime. There are many systemic injustices that keep the wealth in hands of few. Wealth inequity is intertwined with the multifaceted issues of racism, sexism, and oppression. Whether it be red-lining causing neighborhood racial segregation, lack of access to land and property ownership or inadequate affordability of basic needs services such as healthcare.
Economic stratification continues to create rifts in the fabric of society and COVID-19 has made wealth inequity ever more apparent in staggering ways. These injustices must be addressed in order for every individual in society to have opportunities to better themselves and their families.
Where there is injustice, there is indigenous resiliency. The original inhabitants of the land and their descendants have faced violence and war against every aspect of Native livelihood. Settler colonialism has attempted to erase many indigenous cultures while pushing Native populations to the margins of society, causing ongoing issues of power and control.
The Land Back Movement, Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women, and Indigenous Environmental Network are some of the initiatives that are addressing the ripple of negative consequences affecting First Nations communities.
Gun Violence Prevention
Over 39,494 people were victims of gun violence in the United States in 2019. In 2020, there have already been 28,264 victims. The March for Our Lives movement started after the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, with the mission to empower young people across America to fight to end the gun violence epidemic. The movement spurred a historic youth turnout in the 2018 midterm elections, with a 47% increase over the last midterm election and the highest percentage of youth voter turnout.
Nowadays, they keep pushing to make the country safer for the next generations with the Peace Plan for a Safer America, a bold, comprehensive policy platform that addresses the problem at its roots. You can find a chapter near you or apply to start a new chapter at your school or community.
Until food security efforts are rooted in sovereignty, power dynamics of the food system will ultimately continue to reinforce the structures of racism and white supremacy through lack of land ownership, resources, and inequitable access to culturally appropriate foods. Those who are the most affected must have input and autonomy to make empowered, community driven decisions for their own regions.
Establishing a more just food system looks like ensuring fair wages and working conditions for agricultural workers, increasing access to healthful foods, ensuring the rights of small farmers, restoring indigenous practices with traditional ecological wisdom, and preventing ecosystems which serve as habitat for people, plants, and animals from being degraded into agricultural land by large corporations.
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