Klein’s linking of racism to climate change is clever, but her focus on environmental factors largely ignores the infectious diseases, hunger and violence that has had (and continues to have) a far greater impact on poor people of color than climate change. That will likely change in the coming years, but ignoring their more basic needs now will only accelerate the pace of that arrival. Promoting the massive climate march in NY, she spoke about the need for a “movement of movements,” bringing economic, social, peace and environmental movements together to transform the system now damaging our collective life support.
US foreign policy does appear to be racist. But it would more accurately be called “nationalist.” Our response to Ebola and ISIS was slow and insufficient… but we have done virtually nothing about Ukraine either. What’s needed is for all these movements to come together and make the Universal Declaration of Human Rights an enforceable document. At least the most of the world would have the basics to address the growing climate challenge we must all face.
[The author is the former chair of the United Nations Assocation Council of Organizations.]
Dec 15 2014 - 12:22am