While we are being killed by police and vigilante violence, we are also dying a death of a thousand cuts by pollution in our lungs. Corporations poison our air and water, violate our rules and laws hundreds of times over. But we are up against a three strikes and you’re out justice system. One out of every three Black boys born today can expect to go to prison in their lifetime, but polluters never end up behind bars. These are the realities of injustice in our country that Jacqui Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, has been working to change for decades as a researcher, advocate, and activist. More at TheCoolestShow.com and @Think100Climate. #BlackLivesMatter #Think100
Advocating for what is right has been a journey, and Dr. Adrienne Hollis sits down with Rev to remind us that now is not the time to fear while facing the challenges ahead. Dr. Hollis is the Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She recounts what influenced her to study law and science and the impact of the youth in the climate justice movement. Rev and Dr. Hollis address the influential green organizations and the lack of diversity in these establishments while suppressing voices of color.
In a period of powerful uprising for racial justice, we armor ourselves with love.. The living legend Dr. Mildred McClain joins The Coolest Show this week and shares why love is her leading force, how we can draw inspiration from those who came before us, and the necessity of communities of color taking the lead. Dr. Mildred McClain co-founded and is Executive Director of the Harambee House/Citizens For Environmental Justice, a community based organization in Savannah, Georgia, whose mission is to build the capacity of communities to solve their problems and to engage in positive growth and development. Conversations with Dr. McClain are nourishment for the soul, listen in!. #BlackLivesMatter. More at TheCoolestShow.com and @Think100Climate.
The movement for Black lives and climate justice are about the right to breathe. It is vital to understand that. Once you have listened to Tamika Mallory and Rev Yearwood in the previous episode, listen to this conversation with Emerald Snipes Garner. Her father was Eric Garner, who was choked and killed by NYPD in 2014. His last words, which were recorded on video for the world to see, were “I can’t breathe.” George Floyd cried out with the same words less than two weeks ago in Minneapolis and died shortly after at the hands of police. Emerald joins Rev Yearwood to discuss everything from police and vigilante violence, to Coronavirus, to air pollution, to health, to her father. They explore why it’s so dangerous to move through the environment while Black, whether birding in central park, sitting in your car at a park, or running down suburban tree-lined streets. #BlackLivesMatter. More at TheCoolestShow.com and @Think100Climate.
And like that, everything changed. Since last episode, we are in a new paradigm, one that solidifies the fact that the movements to end systemic racism and to stop the climate crisis are one in the same. Climate justice is racial justice. National leader Tamika Mallory, co-founder of the Women’s March and Until Freedom, joins Rev Yearwood to discuss why we must all come together to challenge police violence, racism, and environmental injustice. Rev Yearwood caught up with Tamika as she was on the ground in Minneapolis seeking justice for George Floyd, and right after her trip to Louisville seeking justice for Breonna Taylor. #BlackLivesMatter. More at TheCoolestShow.com and @Think100Climate.