Generation Green’s policy platform is an in-depth analysis of root injustices in the environment(s) of the Black experience and demands for restitution and regeneration. Our prescriptions amplify and center Black voices and historical experiences to reimagine: climate and clean energy; racial justice; labor and economic justice, cultivating culture; land and urban planning; clean air and water; and community access.
When speaking of environment(s), it is important to do so in the context of the Environmental Justice (EJ) definition. By this definition it is the complex interaction between physical, geographical, biological, social, cultural, and political conditions that surround an individual or organism and that ultimately determines its form and nature of survival. Environment(s) can include
your home, place of work, schools, and community parks or lack thereof. These are the places where you are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age. They play a big role in our overall health, survival, happiness, and well-being.
We acknowledge that the foundation of the United States’ economic, environmental and social injustices stem from commodifying Black people and upholding white supremacist state-sanctioned violence. We call for an end to the endangerment, exploitation, and poisoning of Black bodies for inequitable gain worldwide. Until we acknowledge that racism, capitalism, imperialism, colonialism, and white supremacism are at the root of our issues, we cannot flourish.
We are past the need of a single leader, we need to build resilient communities. Without the presence, wisdom, and expertise of frontline peoples, along with the acknowledgment and understanding of their history, culture, and issues, there can be neither an accurate nor functioning gauge of effective solutions. We need a multifaceted, holistic understanding and approach to climate solutions because climate change is an amalgamation of social ills.
Climate change exacerbates every inequity, and every inequity exacerbates the effects of climate change upon frontline communities. We cannot continue to endorse extractivism in our movement and personal lives. Extractivism has created the fossil fuel industry and oppressive political and social structures we fight against.
There is convenience in analyzing social and scientific issues through a one-dimensional lens of climate action for performative actors in this movement. We must decolonize our minds. A successful revolution calls for the unification of all social justice issues and collaboration between all parts of the social ecosystem. That is necessary for creating an intersectional environmental movement. Revolutions should disrupt and eradicate white supremacism. Revolutions and revolutionaries cannot be siloed.
The clearest solutions on the matter of social justice should be routed towards the abolition of oppressive systemic structures within this nation and those it imperializes. These vehicles of abolition require redirecting facets of an oppressive system to community efforts to ensure holistic care, harmony, wealth, safety, self-determination, and nourishing environments. This means defunding, demilitarizing, dismantling, and decolonizing-- period.