Climate, Environmental Health, and Justice - 2014 Nexus Gathering
The Nexus 2014 Global Gathering on Climate, Environmental Health, and Justice sprang out of a recognition that many activists and organizations of the Global South were implementing solutions that are of immense value to the world’s fight to stop and reverse climate change. I identify with this line of thinking because of Detroit’s status as a Global Black Metropolis and thus an internal colony of the usa. I was sent to represent EMEAC and the Climate Justice Alliance. CJA holds the motto “It takes roots to weather the storm” and exists to empower frontline communities to greater leadership in the national and international movement against climate change. At one point I joined with a few other comrades to emphasize the distinction between “climate change” analysis and climate justice. We are working for system change not just a reform of industrial pollution practices that maintains their power over our lives and our governments.
I am still in my first month as Climate Justice Director for EMEAC. Nexus 2014 helped me to broaden my scope while connecting climate justice to the work EMEAC has already been doing. There are some powerful opportunities to connect zero waste, Just Transition and build local economic networks. I am honored to serve as your Climate Justice Director and help build a cleaner, stronger, self-determined Detroit.