Dear YEARS Friends and Supporters:
At a time when a global health crisis has already killed more than 100,000 Americans and left tens of millions more unemployed, our president shifts the blame. At a time when the climate crisis continues unabated, our president denies its very existence and uses the pandemic to further prop up the very industry responsible for the problem. And at a time when people everywhere are rising up to demand justice for Black and Brown communities, our president hides in a bunker and threatens violence upon them.
We are without leadership at a time when we need it most. Donald Trump ignored a lethal pandemic and the murder of innocent Black people. And he’s deliberately ignoring the threat our worsening climate poses to all of us.
Our focus at The YEARS Project has always been the climate crisis, and that includes equity, fairness, and respect for all inhabitants of Planet Earth, especially those most vulnerable. As the words of Indigenous activist Lilla Watson remind us, “If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” We are here to work together because all our grievances are connected.
We stand against policies that promote racism and white supremacy, and police brutality because they are wrong and unjust. We stand against policies that widen the income gap in a country that builds power for the rich while disenfranchising the poor. We stand against all forms of oppression, whether they are rooted in patriarchy, homophobia, sexism, classism and more. In telling the story of climate change, we strive to show how tackling these systems of oppression must be part of the solution.
We agree with our colleague, Sean Kosofsky, the executive director of the Climate Advocacy Lab, when he said, “All people, including white people, are damaged by living in a racist society. As climate advocates, we must fight every day for our air, land, and water while ALSO fighting like hell to ensure that the systems meant to protect us (democracy, criminal justice, healthcare) do not continue failing Black and Brown communities.”
We agree with our friends at Climate Nexus who said that we need to recognize “how the climate movement is also shaped by systemic racism and push back against those contours. Simply put, the climate fight cannot be won without racial justice.”
At The YEARS Project, we will endeavor to do what we can to amplify the voices of Black, Brown, Indigenous, immigrant, and other people of color in this moment. Martin Luther King Jr. taught us that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, whether it’s racial injustice, social injustice, or climate injustice, and it must be stopped.
The YEARS Project
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