South Africa: Environmentalists Must Learn to Say #BlackLivesMatter

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Racial injustice permeates every corner of our society and environmental issues are no different. At the heart of environmental injustice is racial injustice of many forms, and if we are to truly tackle environmental injustice, then we must also tackle racial injustice.

With Collins Khosa and so many black people being disproportionately brutalised and killed at the hands of police and military in South Africa; with George Floyd and so many black people being disproportionately brutalised and killed at the hands of police in the United States: the world over, we see time and time again that black lives are treated as disposable. We see why we must say that #BlackLivesMatter.

Saying Black Lives Matter is not just about police brutality though. It is also about political and economic systems that devalue black lives, black land, black culture, and blackness. If we are to truly recognise that black lives matter, then we must work to fix and, if necessary, overturn those systems.

Indeed, racial injustice permeates every corner of our society, and environmental issues are no different. At the heart of environmental injustice is racial injustice of many forms, and if we are to truly tackle environmental injustice, then we...

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