What do you think the UK climate movement should be doing differently?
One of my observations from the Blackheath camp was that we were, beside one of London’s biggest black communities, and there were only 2 or 3 black people in a camp of thousands. So one of the challenges facing the UK climate movement is faced with is how to embrace a framework of anti-oppression and anti-racism in its organising. Whether it’s north-south dynamics between industrialised nations and the global south countries, or inner-city vs the suburbs; race, class, sexism and all the -isms play a signicant role in slowing down our movement which is so young and delicate – and creating divisive polarities where there is no room for moving forward.
So as we internationalise our struggles for climate justice and build the world’s biggest social movement, there are lessons to be learned. While the US was inspired by the radical actions of UK climate justice activists, the UK can find equal inspiration in the tremendous work and legacy of the civil rights movement in America, and the strong anti-oppression framework that marks current grassroots US organising.
Word. From an interview with Clayton Thomas-Muller, one of Canada’s leading indigenous activists.