Joycelyn Longdon: Colonialist heritage and Environmental injustice
- 2:00 pm
24 February 2021
Online | Free
In order to be fair and just, the environmental movement needs to acknowledge colonialism, both past and present.
The crisis we are facing today links social and ecological injustice to colonial heritage. For centuries now, it has been common practice for Western countries to dictate to so-called developing countries how to farm their land, construct their buildings, rule their people, manage their economies.
Neoliberal political systems inherited from colonisation have an intrinsic role within the climate crisis. But colonisation is not a thing of the past, it lingers on and the power dynamic between countries and their people tend to silence voices and destroy the planet in the process.
In order to be fair and just, the environmental movement needs to acknowledge colonialism, both past and present. It also needs to acknowledge and embrace diversity.
Joycelyn is a PHD candidate looking at AI TO CLIMATE CHANGE at the University of Cambridge. She is also a founder of Climate in Colour and a Creative Director at Black on Black Creative.